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Amy Tan (Chinese: 譚恩美; pinyin: Tán Enmei) (born February 19, 1952) is an Americanmarker writer of Chinese descent whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. In 1993, Tan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film.

Tan has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter, and a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. Her most recent book, Saving Fish From Drowning, explores the tribulations experienced by a group of people who disappear while on an art expedition in the jungles of Burmamarker. In addition, 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 airing on PBS. She has also appeared on PBS in a short spot encouraging children to write.

Tan received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English and linguistics from San José State Universitymarker, and later did doctoral linguistics studies at UC Santa Cruzmarker and UC Berkeleymarker.

Currently, she is the literary editor for West, Los Angeles Times' Sunday magazine, and did an uncredited rewrite on The Replacement Killers at the request of Mira Sorvino. She is a resident of Sausalito, Californiamarker.

She is a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band consisting of published writers, including Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening, Dave Barry and Stephen King, among others.


  • The Joy Luck Club (1989)
  • The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)
  • The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter (2001)
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (2005)

Series contributed to

  • Best American Short Stories (with Katrina Kenison)
  • The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)

Non fiction

  • Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Cords and an Attitude (1994) (with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Barbara Kingsolver)
  • Mother (1996) (with Maya Angelou, Mary Higgins Clark)
  • The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings (2003)



  • "I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable."
  • "You see what power is - holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them"
  • "I'm sitting in the $4.95 bookstore bleachers along with Shakespeare, Conrad and Joyce," she said. "I acknowledge that there is a fundamental difference that separates us. I am a contemporary author and they are not. And since I'm not dead yet, I can talk back." (The Opposite of Fate 10)


  2. Reference for: Novels, Series contributed to, and Non fiction
  4. Biography of Amy Tan

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