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The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life Paperback – September 28, 2004
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The Amazon Book Review
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Sharp and invigorating . . . fertile reading. (The New York Times Book Review)
Wickedly funny and honest. (O Magazine)
A melodramatic, tragic and comedic tale . . . Tan is refreshingly candid. (The Baltimore Sun)
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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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.
"The Opposite of Fate" is a wonderful collection of short recollections. If you are expecting a coherent story out of this book, then you will be disappointed. While the recollections are grouped together by Tan, it is not a continuous narrative. Do not let this point deter you from reading this book. It was truly excellent. Tan is funny and honest. She bares a portion of herself that her readers have seen peeking at them from her works for years.
If you are in the mood for something a bit different, but completely wonderful, definitely pick up a copy of this book!