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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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The Joy Luck Club
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The Bonesetter's Daughter
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 89,613 ratings — published 1991 — 74 editions
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The Kitchen God's Wife
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 50,163 ratings — published 1991 — 59 editions
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The Hundred Secret Senses
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 27,982 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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Saving Fish from Drowning
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 22,448 ratings — published 2005 — 59 editions
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The Valley of Amazement
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 21,408 ratings — published 2013 — 43 editions
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 5,545 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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