The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings

The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings

by Amy Tan
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The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings by Amy Tan

Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101200414
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2003
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 298,318
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Hometown:

San Francisco, California and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1952

Place of Birth:

Oakland, California

Education:

B.A., San Jose State University, 1973; M.A., 1974

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The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself laughing out loud while reading some of Tan's writing. I love that she gives very clear and personal details. I imagine the situations as I read them. I have a Korean mom and Tan's writing makes me think about my mom :) And the humorous clashes between my Eastern and Western culture and upbringing. I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will be completely honest--I missed a book club meeting and was disappointed when I was told this was the next selection. I even thought of skipping it. I had never read Amy Tan so my reluctance had nothing to do with her, I am just not a big fan of memoirs. I decided to give it a try and I have to say I am so glad I did. I had trouble putting it down. It is not written in the 'typical' memoir format--chronological order, but instead is told in a series of shorter passages. This book also changed me in a way. It opened my eyes to several things, including the way people who don't speak 'perfect English' are treated in America. I will make an effort to be more patient the next time I am interacting with someone who speaks 'broken English'. This is a book that stays with you after you finish reading it. I look forward to reading all of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and not just writers, women, North Americans with Asian heritage or people with any such specific demographics. A charming and well-written book that is true to the memoir genre where you get to know the author rather than the events of his/her life. There are enough interesting stories from Ms Tan's past, especially the cultural and cross-cultural ones - the former involving her Chinese ancestry and the latter involving her American and Chinese heritage. The reader knows plenty about the events of her life, but only the ones which matter to her, which, ultimately, are the ones that really matter in getting to know someone. However, Ms Tan's goal and focus was to set the record straight on Amy Tan, what she's like and where she stands on many issues, and that she did. There are many enlightening essays with Ms Tan's views and questions on a variety of interesting topics, with notes on how they've impacted her life. The writing style, vocabulary and organization of stories are very typical and symbolic of Ms Tan's ways. I feel like I partly know her now, as in having a feel of the gist of what she is like, how she thinks and sees the world, and that I would find her very amiable if I met her. I only wish every memoir could tell me as much about the writer. PS If you are writing essays on Ms Tan's books and/or her, take her adviace and avoid using Cliff's Notes. Cliff never met her. Net sources are even worse!
je917 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, especially if you want to know about writing and the difficulties. You really understand how many forces are pulling on a writer. I consider this one of her best. Truly great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a typical memoir.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Amy Tan, read this. If you don't know Amy Tan, read her books! This review is brief, because the others are so long. All I can say is, start reading Amy Tan and read her memoirs--you'll be delighted.
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