Amy Tan

Amy Tan is an absolute genius.

I’m currently reading the Opposite of Fate which is somewhat a memoir, somewhat a collection of writings. I would have read maybe two or three of her other books, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife and one other. This the best -if I can impose my opinion- because of its honesty and candidacy.

I think of writing, she is my inspiration, and would be of fiction should I ever write anything anywhere else. I find it hard to write fiction, I can write from life – somewhat shabbily at times – but it is writing. Life is kind of the point though, Tan takes her observation and experience and winds it into something softly grander. I hope to do the same in my own way, although I doubt that I’ll ever sell books off it.

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  1. said:

    Amy Tan is one of my favorite authors. I once heard her speak. She was incredibly personable and witty as a public speaker. The opening parable in The Joy Luck Club always kills me. When she spoke, she said this was the last thing she wrote for the book. It is a beautiful piece of prose.

    September 30, 2007
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