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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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The Joy Luck Club

3.92 avg rating — 569,576 ratings — published 1989
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The Bonesetter's Daughter

3.99 avg rating — 113,273 ratings — published 2001 — 86 editions
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The Kitchen God's Wife

4.01 avg rating — 69,600 ratings — published 1991 — 72 editions
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The Hundred Secret Senses

3.99 avg rating — 38,640 ratings — published 1995 — 63 editions
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The Valley of Amazement

3.63 avg rating — 37,085 ratings — published 2013 — 69 editions
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Saving Fish from Drowning

3.43 avg rating — 28,330 ratings — published 2005 — 70 editions
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The Opposite of Fate: Memor...

3.92 avg rating — 7,204 ratings — published 2003 — 42 editions
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Rules for Virgins

3.41 avg rating — 3,190 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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The Moon Lady

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3.97 avg rating — 1,399 ratings — published 1992 — 11 editions
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Where the Past Begins: A Wr...

3.48 avg rating — 1,663 ratings — published 2017 — 23 editions
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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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