The Kitchen God's Wife is the second novel by Chinese-American author, Amy Tan. First published in 1991, it deals extensively with Sino-American female identity and draws on the story of her mother's life. The book was largely considered a commercial success, making best sellers lists in several countries worldwide.
(Note: This book is a masterpiece. A crazy emotional trip through generations that is absolutely one of my favourite books. Also see The Hundred Secret Senses for another gut wrencher)