Amy Tan

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Amy Tan
Amy Tan.jpg
Tan in 2007
BornAmy Tan
(1952-02-19) February 19, 1952 (age 61)
Oakland, California
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Notable work(s)The Joy Luck Club

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Amy Tan
Amy Tan.jpg
Tan in 2007
BornAmy Tan
(1952-02-19) February 19, 1952 (age 61)
Oakland, California
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Notable work(s)The Joy Luck Club

www.amytanauthor.com
Amy Tan
Chinese譚恩美

Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. Her best-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 languages. In 1993, the book was adapted into a commercially successful film.

Tan has written several other bestselling novels, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning. She also wrote a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. In addition to these, Tan has written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS. She also appeared on PBS in a short spot encouraging children to write. Tan is also in a band with several other well-known writers, the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Personal life[edit]

Tan was born in Oakland, California. She is the second of three children born to Chinese immigrants Daisy (née Li),[1] and John Tan, an electrical engineer and Baptist minister. When Tan was 15 years old, her older brother Peter and father both died of brain tumors within a year of each other. Daisy moved Amy and her younger brother John Jr. to Switzerland, where Amy finished high school.[2] During this period in her life, Amy learned about her mother's former marriage to an abusive man in China, of their four children (a son who died as a toddler, and three daughters) and how her mother was forced to leave her children from a previous marriage behind in Shanghai. This incident provided the basis for Tan's first novel, 1989 New York Times bestseller The Joy Luck Club.[3] In 1987 Amy traveled with Daisy to China. There, Amy met her three half-sisters.[4]

Tan received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English and linguistics from San José State University, and later did doctoral linguistics studies at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.[5]

She resides in Sausalito, California, with her husband, Louis DeMattei, a tax attorney whom she met on a blind date and married in 1974.

Tan was featured on The Simpsons episode "Insane Clown Poppy" on Season 12, Episode 3.

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  1. ^ "Mother As Tormented Muse Amy Tan Drew On A Dark Past For 'Daughter'". New York Daily News. February 27, 2001.
  2. ^ "The Archives of my Personality", address to American Association of Museums General Session (Los Angeles), May 26, 2010
  3. ^ "Amy Tan Biography". Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Penguin Reading Guides - The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan". Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Amy Tan Biography". Archived from the original on July 02 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hard Listening". 
  7. ^ "Amy Tan Interview - page 2 / 7 - Academy of Achievement". Achievement.org. January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 

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