I think I must accept that I'm just not into Amy Tan's books. I read "The Joy Luck Club" a couple of years ago and was bored by it, but figured she deserved an extra chance. She got that with "The Kitchen God's Wife", but unfortunately didn't manage to change my opinion of her work.One thing that threw me for a loop in TKGW was that the main character wasn't who you thought it was going to be. In fact, it turned out to be a person who'd been described rather unsympathetically in the first few chapters, so I wasn't inclined to like her, and really didn't care about what happened to her -- which kind of defeated the purpose of reading the book, as all but the final two chapters was about her! I seem to recall Amy Tan doing something similar in TJLC, so it's apparently her way of writing - which just confirms that I won't be reading any more of her work.