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About Amy Tan

Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California, in 1952, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She earned a degree in Linguistics and worked as a consultant in language development, then also became a freelance writer and reporter. Moving into fiction, Tan drew on her relationship with her mother and on their family history when writing her best-selling book The Joy Luck Club, published in 1989.

Tan is married to Lou DeMattei and they have a cat named Sagwa and a dog named Mr. Zo.

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Other Books by Amy Tan

  • The Kitchen God's Wife
  • The Hundred Secret Senses
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

Amy Tan doesn't like to be classified as a strictly "Chinese" or ethnic writer, since her books speak to readers of various cultures and concern universal themes like love, family, and generation gaps.

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