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February 19, 1952
|Notable work(s)||The Joy Luck Club|
Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. Her best-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 languages. In 1993, the book was adapted into a commercially successful film.
Tan has written several other bestselling novels, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning. She also wrote a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. In addition to these, Tan has written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS. She also appeared on PBS in a short spot encouraging children to write. Tan is also in a band with several other well-known writers, the Rock Bottom Remainders.
Tan was born in Oakland, California. She is the second of three children born to Chinese immigrants Daisy (née Li), and John Tan, an electrical engineer and Baptist minister. When Tan was 15 years old, her older brother Peter and father both died of brain tumors within a year of each other. Daisy moved Amy and her younger brother John Jr. to Switzerland, where Amy finished high school. During this period in her life, Amy learned about her mother's former marriage to an abusive man in China, of their four children (a son who died as a toddler, and three daughters) and how her mother was forced to leave her children from a previous marriage behind in Shanghai. This incident provided the basis for Tan's first novel, 1989 New York Times bestseller The Joy Luck Club. In 1987 Amy traveled with Daisy to China. There, Amy met her three half-sisters.
- The Joy Luck Club (1987)
- The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)
- The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
- The Bonesetter's Daughter (2000)
- Saving Fish from Drowning (2005)
- Rules for Virgins (2011)
- The Valley of Amazement (2013)
- Going Up the Hill (2013)
- The Moon Lady, illustrated by Gretchen Schields (1992)
- Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, illustrated by Gretchen Schields (1994)
- Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Cords and an Attitude (with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Barbara Kingsolver) (1994)
- Mother (with Maya Angelou, Mary Higgins Clark) (1996)
- The Best American Short Stories 1999 (Editor, with Katrina Kenison) (1999)
- The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2003, ISBN 9780399150746)
- Hard Listening, co-authored in July 2013, an interactive ebook about her participation in a writer/musician band, the Rock Bottom Remainders.
- Finalist National Book Award
- Finalist National Book Critics Circle Award
- Finalist Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize
- Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
- Commonwealth Gold Award
- American Library Association's Notable Books
- American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults
- Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Honorable Mention
- Selected for the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read
- New York Times Notable Book
- Booklist Editors Choice
- Finalist for the Orange Prize
- Nominated for the Orange Prize
- Nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
- Audie Award: Best Non-fiction, Abridged
- Parents' Choice Award, Best Television Program for Children
- Shortlisted British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, best screenplay adaptation
- Shortlisted WGA Award, best screenplay adaptation
- Academy of Achievement, Golden Plate Award
- "I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable."
- "You see what power is – holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them" Tan, Amy (1991). The Kitchen God's Wife. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 387. ISBN 0-399-13578-2.
- Sherryl Connelly (February 27, 2001). "Mother As Tormented Muse Amy Tan Drew On A Dark Past For 'Daughter'". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2011-03-14. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "The Archives of my Personality", address to American Association of Museums General Session (Los Angeles), May 26, 2010
- "Amy Tan Biography". Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- "Penguin Reading Guides - The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan". Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
- "Amy Tan Biography". Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2008.
- "Hard Listening".
- "Amy Tan Interview - page 2 / 7 - Academy of Achievement". Achievement.org. January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
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- 'Reading in Reverse', review of The Opposite of Fate in the Oxonian Review