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Personal life
Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California
to Chinese immigrants John Tan, an
electrical engineer and Baptist minister,
and Daisy, who was forced to leave her
three daughters 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.
Amy is the middle child and only daughter
among Daisy and John Tan's three
children. In the late 1960s Amy's
sixteen-year-old brother Peter died of a
brain tumor. Within a year of Peter's
death, Amy's father died of the same
disease. After these family tragedies,
Daisy moved Amy and her younger
brother John Jr. to Switzerland, where
Amy finished high school.[2] During this
period, Amy learned about her mother's
former marriage to an abusive man in
China, and of their four children, including
three daughters and a son who died as a
toddler. In 1987 Amy traveled with Daisy
to China. There, Amy finally met her three
half-sisters.
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.[4]
She resides in Sausalito, California with
her husband, Louis DeMattei, a lawyer
whom she met on a blind date and
married in 1974.
Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an
American writer whose works explore
mother-daughter relationships. Her most
well-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.
Her most recent novel Saving Fish From
Drowning explores the tribulations
experienced by a group of people who
disappear while on an art expedition in
the jungles of Burma. 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.


Novels
    The Joy Luck Club (1989)
    The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)
    The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
    Two Kinds (2000)
    The Bonesetter's Daughter (2001)
    Saving Fish from Drowning (2005)
Children's books
    The Moon Lady, illustrated by
     Gretchen Schields (1992)
    Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat,
     illustrated by Gretchen Schields (1994)
Non-fiction
    The Opposite of Fate: A Book of
     Musings (2003)[5]
    Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom
     Remainders Tour America With Three
     Cords and an Attitude (with Dave Barry,
     Stephen King, Tabitha King, Barbara
     Kingsolver) (1994)
    Mother (with Maya Angelou, Mary
     Higgins Clark) (1996)
    The Best American Short Stories 1999
     (Editor, with Katrina Kenison) (1999)
Awards
    Finalist National Book Award
    Finalist National Book Critics Circle
     Award
    Finalist Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize
    Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
    Commonwealth Gold Award
    American Library Association's
     Notable Books
   American Library Association's Best
    Book for Young Adults
   Asian/Pacific American Awards for
    Literature Honorable Mention
   Selected for the National Endowment
    for the Arts' Big Read
   New York Times Notable Book
   Booklist Editors Choice
   Finalist for the Orange Prize
   Nominated for the Orange Prize
   Nominated for the International
    IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
   Audie Award: Best Non-fiction,
    Abridged
   Parents' Choice Award, Best Television
    Program for Children
   Shortlisted British Academy of Film
    and Television Arts award, best
    screenplay adaptation
   Shortlisted WGA Award, best
    screenplay adaptation

				
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