CliffsNotes on Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife

CliffsNotes on Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife

CliffsNotes on Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife

CliffsNotes on Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife

Excerpt

Opening in San Francisco in January 1990, an extended Chinese-American family gathers for a dual purpose — an engagement dinner and a funeral. The first narrator, Pearl Louie Brandt, conceals a seven-year struggle with multiple sclerosis from her widowed mother, Winnie. At the banquet, Pearl learns that Helen, Winnie’s best friend and co-owner of a flower shop, knows about the disease and threatens to pass the news to Winnie as part of the Chinese New Year ritual of clearing the air of secrets. Pearl accepts the fact that she herself must tell her mother about the disease.

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