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The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musingsby Amy Tan
Synopses & Reviews
Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes — from writing stories, decorating her house with charms, learning to ski, and living with squirrels, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease, surviving natural disasters, and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist. With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen — in her own life and beyond — but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all.
"[A] powerful collection that should enthrall readers of The Joy Luck Club and Tan's other novels." Publishers Weekly
"No matter how much readers already revere Tan, their appreciation for her will grow tenfold after experiencing these provocative and unforgettable revelations." Booklist
"[A] wry but bracing take on life and writing....An examined life recalled with wisdom and grace." Kirkus Reviews
Book News Annotation:
Novelist Tan ( among others) presents a non- fiction work sharing her personal philosophy of fate and talking about her life and work.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties listeners face today, contemplating how things happen in her own life and beyond.
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.
About the Author
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter.
Table of Contents
Fate and faith: CliffsNotes version of my life — How we knew — Question of fate — Faith — Changing the past: Last week — My grandmother's choice — Thinly disguised memoir — Persona errata — Scent — American circumstances and Chinese character: Fish cheeks — dangerous advice — Midlife confidential — Arrival banquet — Joy luck and Hollywood — Strong winds, strong influences: What she meant — Confessions — Pretty beyond belief — Most hateful words — My love affair with Vladimir Nabokov — Luck, chance, and a charmed life: Inferior decorating — Room with a view, new kitchen, and ghosts — Retreat to reality — My hair, my face, my nails — Ghosts of my imagination — Choice of words: What the library means to me — Mother tongue — Language of discretion — Five writing tips — Required reading and other dangerous subjects — Angst and the second book — Best stories — Hope: What I would remember — To complain is American — Opposite of fate.
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