The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
Memories of a Writing Life

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Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world's best-loved novelists. Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action--a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today.
 

About Amy Tan

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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: Memories of a Writing Life, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
 
Published October 27, 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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She may be one of the US's best-loved authors (even immortalised as a slightly worrying yellow-faced cartoon on The Simpsons), but why, Tan asks, is she always portrayed as an ethnic writer, a minority writer, a writer of colour - never as an American writer?

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But reading about Tan's adventures with her rock band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, feels a bit like reading someone else's high school yearbook's inside jokes, as she reminisces about truck-stop breakfasts and late-night sing-alongs.

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The Opposite of Fate (2003) You'd better really like Tan if you're going to read hundreds of pages about her writer's block, Lyme disease, and book tour.

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