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Amy Tan

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Amy Tan (Chinese: 譚恩美; pinyin: Tán Ēnměi; born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and what it means to grow up as a first generation Asian American. In 1993, Tan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film.

She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter, and a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. Her most recent book, Saving Fish From Drowning, explores the tribulations experienced by a group of people who disappear while on an art expedition into the jungles of Burma. In addition, Tan has written two c
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Have you ever heard someone pronounce a word incorrectly and wondered whether to correct him or her? How about your pronouncing a word a certain way and discovering years later you had been saying it incorrectly (horrors)? How about pronouncing a word a certain way and later thinking you were saying it incorrectly because everyone used a different pronunciation, but then discovering you were ri... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.87 · 706,672 ratings · 17,472 reviews · 68 distinct works · Similar authors
The Joy Luck Club
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The Bonesetter's Daughter
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The Kitchen God's Wife
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 52,482 ratings — published 1991 — 62 editions
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The Hundred Secret Senses
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The Valley of Amazement
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Saving Fish from Drowning
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 23,038 ratings — published 2005 — 61 editions
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The Opposite of Fate: Memor...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 5,745 ratings — published 2003 — 33 editions
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Rules for Virgins
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“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
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“If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.”
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“Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.”
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