In The Joy Luck Club, friendship is critical, rocky, competitive, but always loyal. The women by turns seem to hate each other and can’t seem to live without each other. Friends are definitely people that help you through difficult times, whether it be living through a war, immigrating to America, or getting emotional support during marriage troubles. In this book, it’s also clear that friends are people that you choose, and that you can often times tell more to than your own family – although that doesn’t necessarily mean they know you better than your family.
Friendship is significantly less important than motherhood in The Joy Luck Club; blood trumps every other type of relationship in this novel.