The Opposite of Fate

Memories of a Writing Life

by Amy Tan

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  • 9780399150746
  • 9781101200414
Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement and the new memoir, Where the Past Begins

Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world's best-loved novelists. Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action--a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today.

  • Penguin Publishing Group; October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781101200414
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  • Title: The Opposite of Fate
  • Author: Amy Tan
  • Imprint: Penguin Books
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780399150746
  • 9781101200414

In The Press

Sharp and invigorating . . . fertile reading. (The New York Times Book Review)

Wickedly funny and honest. (O Magazine)

A melodramatic, tragic and comedic tale . . . Tan is refreshingly candid. (The Baltimore Sun)


About The Author

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, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tan, who has a master’s degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780399150746
  • 9781101200414