- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142004898
- ISBN-13: 978-0142004890
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tan, who has a master’s degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
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In this book, Tan goes back to her childhood and recounts her love of books and stories and how a trip to the library was a favored and regular experience. Diving into fiction was something that she loved to do. It is not surprising that someone who loved stories would eventually write her own. And she had stories to tell, with a life full of craziness, tragedy and highly unique experiences.
What does the life of a successful fiction writer look like from the inside? This book answers that question. It was exactly what I was looking for.
This book is a wonderful compilation of Amy's life, challenges, and opinions, including some insightful thoughts on how critics may unwittingly manipulate book markets, authors and other critics. I found it gave me great insight into the whole publishing world, the author as a person, and as a writer. It gave me a much deeper appreciation of her and her work. I highly recommend it. It provides a "taste" of all her other works. It would be a great "starter" book to build onto.
I've ordered the Joy Luck Club which was the only one I had ever skipped over as I had already seen the movie. Silly me! I'm very much looking forward to it.
I wish her all the best and hope that her health will allow her to continue writing.