Amy lives with her husband and their two dogs in California and New York. Amy Tan is a Chinese-American author from San Francisco who wrote the 1989 best-seller The Joy Luck Club. Inspired by the stories of memorable women throughout her mother's life, Tan has in these books honored a sisterhood whose power and vitality are as influential to her writing as is her unique cultural background. She worked as a language development specialist for county-wide programs serving developmentally disabled children, birth to five, and later became director for a demonstration project funded by the U. After this tragedy, her mother, fearing a curse, impulsively took Amy and her younger brother to Europe to see the world. The Tans had immigrated to California in the late 1940s, when post-war China was remolding its society to fit its concept of communism.
More recently, the two collaborated again on another children's book, The Chinese Siamese Cat 1994. This historical novel about mission work — her father's calling — is set during the nineteenth century's Boxer Rebellion. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Saving Fish From Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers and the recipients of various awards. Amy challenged parental authority, yet met John and Daisy Tan's expectations of high achievement by studying piano and excelling in science and math. Tan herself resembles the first-generation Chinese-American characters who people her best-selling inter-generational tapestries, The Joy Luck Club 1989 , The Kitchen God's Wife 1991 , and The Hundred Secret Senses 1995.
Literary Agent Sandy Dijkstra read her early work and offered to serve as her agent, even though Amy asserted she had no plans to pursue a fiction writing career. During this period, her mother divulged the hard facts of her previous marriage in China, of a son who died in infancy, and of three daughters she had left behind and never mentioned to her American children. Amy's need to rebel and to shock her mother lessened after she gave up scruffy overalls, stopped dating hippies, and settled on Lou DeMattei, a pre-law student and likely husband material. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and National Geographic. John was a Beijing-born electrical engineer and volunteer Baptist minister, and Daisy was an industrial nurse and medical technician from Shanghai.
No longer denying her cultural roots on either side of the family, Amy Tan is remarkably at home with things Chinese, which serve as the counterpoint to her American independence and entrepreneurial spirit. Her work has been translated into 35 languages, from Spanish, French, and Finnish to Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew. Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, received the Commonwealth Club gold award for fiction and the American Library Association's best book for young adults award in 1989 and stayed on the New York Times's bestseller list for nine months. At the Squaw Valley Community of Writers workshop, she came under the influence of award-winning writer and feminist mentor Molly Giles. A skilled raconteur capable of juggling wit, insight, and pathos within a single unified scene, Tan excels in oral tradition and complex emotional involvements. She teamed with illustrator Gretchen Schields to create The Moon Lady, a children's legend extracted from the misadventures of Ying-ying in The Joy Luck Club. She was the guest editor for Best American Short Stories 1999.
Their yearly gigs raised over a million dollars for literacy programs. She pursued a medical degree on her way to a career in neurosurgery, a choice that met Daisy's standards. This relationship required the intervention of Daisy, a tenacious, eighty-pound scrapper, who defended her daughter and won. Overwork and inner discontent preceded three stressful events: Daisy's hospitalization for an acute attack of angina, Amy's own unsuccessful psychiatric therapy, and her third career change. Daisy Tan felt it necessary to leave California, so the family moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where Amy and her younger brother John were enrolled in a private school. Amy Tan is the author of four critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling novels. Tan sold the paperback rights to The Joy Luck Club to G.
She created the libretto for The Bonesetter's Daughter, which premiered in September 2008 with the San Francisco Opera. Together with her distinctive writing style and rich imagery, Tan's treatment of such themes as loss and reconciliation, hope and failure, friendship and familial conflict, and the healing power of storytelling have brought her popular success and critical attention. Authors and publishers: If you wish to make changes to a bio, send the complete biography as you would like it displayed so that we can replace the old with the new. Family relationships were severely strained by two agonizingly slow deaths — in 1967, Amy's seventeen-year-old brother, Peter, and in 1968, her fifty-four-year-old father, John — both victims of brain tumors. She performed as narrator with the San Francisco Symphony playing an original score for Sagwa, by composer Nathan Wang. Amy Tan has been nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International Orange Prize, and has won many awards including the Commonwealth Gold Award.
The book has also been adapted into a successful movie for which she co-wrote the screenplay. Focused on wish-fulfillment through personal action rather than through divine intervention and graced with Manchu-style drawings, the story is a visual and textual success. Detroit News, March 26, 1989, p. She has also published The Bonesetter's Daughter 2001 , The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings 2003 , and Saving Fish from Drowning 2005. Chicago Tribune, August 6, 1989; March 17, 1991. She began penning flimsy, imitative works based on popular fiction; the stories received a steady response of rejection notices. The romance flourished during six months of silence between mother and daughter.
The daughter of immigrants, Tan spent most of her childhood in central California. Amy tried relaxing with sessions of jazz piano, evenings of billiards with Lou, and books by notable female writers — Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Isabel Allende, Kay Gibbons, and Louise Erdrich. In keeping with her love of science in the wild and childhood love of doodling, she recently took up nature journal sketching. The Joy Luck Club recounted the family tales of four modern Chinese-American women; it was widely hailed for its depiction of the Chinese-American experience of the late 20th century. She also writes books for children. Reviewers found it superior in structure and execution to The Joy Luck Club and applauded Tan's decision to narrow the scope of the narrative to a single mother-daughter relationship.