- The Opposite of Fate, A Book of Musings by Amy Tan HCDJ
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition October 27, 2003
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399150749
- ISBN-13: 9780399150746
In her first book of nonfiction, bestselling novelist Amy Tan shares her personal philosophy of fate.
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.
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, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which is now a PBS production called Sagwa, for which Tan is a creative consultant and writer. Tan was also a 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.
...her fans should consider themselves fortunate to receive such a funny, insightful and frequently strange literary self-portrait. -- The Seattle Times, October 31, 2003
The Opposite of Fate is a collection of occasional pieces, but...it's as entertaining as a memoir. -- The Washington Post Book World, November 2-8, 2003
Read The Opposite of Fate with an open mind. You'll be charmed. -- Statesman Journal, November 9, 2003
Tan's "book of musings" brims with a warm intelligence that make her occasional tendency toward the precious more than forgivable. -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November 23, 2003
Tan's novels swim with memories transfigured by the pulse of her imagination. -- The New York Times, November 23, 2003
Tan's readers...will be most interested to learn how these mounting tragedies become transformed into...warm-hearted survival stories... -- San Francisco Chronicle, December 7, 2003
A must-read memoir... Even the most cynical people will reconsider the idea of fate. -- Marie Claire, November 2003
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