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I had new thoughts, willful thoughts, or rather thoughts filled with lots of won’ts. I won’t let her change me, I promised myself. I won’t be what I’m not.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

My mother had a look on her face that I’ll never forget. It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you’re in control.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I was no longer scared. I could see what was inside me.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

Over the years, she told me the same story, except for the ending, which grew darker, casting long shadows into her life, and eventually into mine.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)