Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
A Writer's Memoir

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Where the Past Begins ends with hummingbirds flying past Tan’s office window, a reminder that she, too, is the author of a wonderful birdsong. This book is a gift that feeds those who wish to sing and long to write.
-NY Journal of Books

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From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan takes readers inside her process, revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she  shows how near-forgotten memories formed the origins of her novels and imagination.

With candor and characteristic humor, Tan takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning. 

 

 

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 17, 2017 by Ecco. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by E. Ethelbert Miller on Nov 12 2017

Where the Past Begins ends with hummingbirds flying past Tan’s office window, a reminder that she, too, is the author of a wonderful birdsong. This book is a gift that feeds those who wish to sing and long to write.

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Below average
Reviewed by Mark Rotella on Oct 13 2017

Unfortunately, the book loses focus at times, as Tan includes journal entries, stories of cave exploring on Easter Island and e-mails between herself and her editor, Daniel Halpern. The passages offer real insight into Tan, but often feel like digressions.

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