Tribute to Amy Tan

Honoring Amy Tan, born today February 19, 1952.tan0_image
Amy Tan has a unique and personal style of writing. I find her work to be deep and compelling. She often writes with a rawness that can feel a bit gritty, but at the same time it makes the novel feel more real and attractive.She has a lovely way of lacing history and culture into her stories, it is an added appeal (for me at least.) Amy Tan is a beautiful story teller, whose writing will capture and enrapture you.


On my favorites Amy Tan novels:

She also wrote a book of musing on her own life which I look forward to reading.

The Opposite of Fate:
Memories of a Writing Life

An autobiographical book about the life, challenges, thoughts, and memories of Amy Tan. From amazon: 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.
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Have you read any of Amy Tan’s work? 

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49 thoughts on “Tribute to Amy Tan

  1. One of my favorite authors. There is something about her work that always makes me feel like I am sitting in the middle of the story, watching it all. She has a way of absorbing you. I look forward to reading The Opposite of Fate.

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  3. I read The Joy Luck Club in an Asian American Studies class in college. It was an easy read and I can see why it made the bestseller lists and got her million dollar book deal. This was a somewhat breakthrough novel at the time, especially because it looked at the generation gap between the mothers and daughters as well as the difficulties of interracial relationships.

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  4. I first discovered her writing several years ago in an English class at community college. My Instructor was truly exceptional and he compiled our course book with amazing reading material. The shorty story Mother Tongue by Tan was one of his selections.

    My mother is from Sonora, Mexico — born and raised most her formative years. She immigrated to the U.S. when she was 16 years old but lived close by to her native country, having resided in Yuma with family and a community of Mexicans. It buffered the culture shock.

    But, then she met my dad, a Southerner of Scot-Irish descent. She ended up in the South around 1969ish — culture shock. She hardly knew English. Moving to the South in 1993 at age 14 was a culture shock for me and English is my first (institutionally learned) fluent language. I still soak this in about my mother’s life experiences.

    There is a great deal Tan expressed in Mother Tongue that is very easy for me to relate with.

    Thank you for writing about her, Abbie, and reminding us of her work!

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  5. She is one of my favourite authors. Growing up, she was the first author that I saw not shy away from her culture but embrace it in her storytelling. She made me appreciate how I didn’t have to write an easy to digest work and how beautifully poetry and stories tie together (She was always poetic in her words). Thank for this update, I am very excited to read her autobiography now.

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  6. Good tribute to Amy Tan. Geez, it’s been so long since I last read her…at least 10 years since I read The Joy Luck Club. I remember it being a great look at traditional Chinese culture with America and the mother-daughter relationship. I’m betting a good Amy Tan novel would probably pair well with a stout and earthy Sumatran coffee 🙂

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  7. I’m a Tan fan for sure. I read The Valley of Amazement last summer and it was one of those harrowing reads with such real characters so carefully crafted that while you had this deep empathy and wanted their tribulations to be over, you still didn’t want the book to end. Yes, she’s a great, great writer.

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  8. I have read all her books! And I am not ashamed to admit I read them with dark soy sauce in one hand and a wok in the other. Amy Tan has me flying into the kitchen and cooking my way through her outstanding writings.

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  10. I really want to recommend a novel I read in the mid ’90’s. It’s set in Australia in the 80’s and even to read it now it would really put things into perspective about an era of how niave we were and stupid. Serious stuff we would not have imagined. It’s by Bryce Courtney Called April Fools Day. Its a non Fiction about his son who was a haemophiliac before the discovery of HIV. You will cry and the very next page you will laugh! And I can guarantee you will not put it down.

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