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  • The Kitchen God's Wife

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Gwendoline Yeo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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By: Amy Tan
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Summary

Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother.

So begins a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust, about the things a mother cannot tell a daughter, the secrets a daughter keeps, and the miraculous resiliency of love.

©1991 Amy Tan (P)2008, 2016 Phoenix Books

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"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in a Tolstoyan tide of event and detail." ( New York Times)

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Authenticity of war torn China

I found the experiences of ‘Winnie’ in China during the Japanese invasion very compelling and I enjoy the narrator’s evocation of the characters

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Exceptional, tearful and moving

You might need to give this a few chapters to see how good it really is.

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