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Tan, Amy

Overview
Works: 515 works in 1,759 publications in 11 languages and 72,924 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Drama  Juvenile works  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  History  Historical fiction 
Roles: Producer, Author of screenplay, Speaker, Narrator, Interviewee, Host, Editor, Creator, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Other, Librettist
Classifications: PS3570.A48, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan ( Book )
158 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 8,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife
The kitchen god's wife by Amy Tan ( Book )
89 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 6,687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mesmerizing story a Chinese emigre mother tells her daughter
The bonesetter's daughter by Amy Tan ( Book )
75 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 6,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is unearthed, "The Bonesetter's Daughter" is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. This is the story of LuLing Young, who searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Mountain. The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief
The hundred secret senses by Amy Tan ( Book )
81 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 5,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of two sisters, one brought up in the U.S., the other in China. The American sister is contemptuous of the other's belief in ghosts until events cause her to understand what they can do. A tale of two cultures by the author of The Kitchen God's Wife
Saving fish from drowning by Amy Tan ( Book )
61 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Danish and held by 5,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A pious man explained to his followers: "It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. 'Don't be scared, ' I tell those fishes. 'I am saving you from drowning.' Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes."--Anonymous Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers as they come to discover that the Burma Road is paved with less-than-honorable intentions, questionable food, and tribal curses. And then, on Christmas morning, eleven of the travelers boat across a misty lake for a sunrise cruise - and disappear. Drawing from the current political reality in Burma and woven with pure confabulation, Amy Tan's picaresque novel poses the question: How can we discern what is real and what is fiction, in everything we see? How do we know what to believe?
The Joy Luck Club by Wayne Wang ( Visual )
43 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four mothers. Four daughters. Eight stories. The Joy Luck Club is four women in San Francisco who have played mah jong together on a weekly basis to for forty some years. One of them, Suyuan, has died, and her daughter June is preparing to go to China. Auntie Lindo with daughter Waverly, Auntie Ying Ying with daughter Lena, and Auntie An Mei with daughter Rose are at the going away party. Born in China, the Joy Luck Club members came to America as young adults; their daughters are 100% American. The old days are seldom spoken about, and some things about those times have never been said aloud, but the experiences left behind color the hopes and expectations these women have for their daughters. If daughters become their mothers--no matter how much both parties desire that it not happen--daughters also become different from their mothers--despite all attempts to perpetuate the status quo
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan ( Book )
16 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a 'Virgin Courtesan' at the age of twelve, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her. Violet is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, she grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West, until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is. Back in 1897 San Francisco, Violet's mother, Lucia, chooses a disastrous course as a sixteen-year-old, when her infatuation with a Chinese painter compels her to leave her home for Shanghai. Shocked by her lover's adherence to Chinese traditions, she is unable to change him, despite her unending American ingenuity. Fueled by betrayals, both women refuse to submit to fate and societal expectations, persisting in their quests to recover what was taken from them: respect; a secure future; and, most poignantly, love from their parents, lovers, and children. To reclaim their lives, they take separate journeys, to a backwater hamlet in China, the wealthy environs of the Hudson River Valley, and, ultimately, the unknown areas of their hearts, where they discover what remains after their many failings to love and be loved. Spanning more than forty years and two continents, this novel transports readers from the collapse of China's last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II
The bonesetter's daughter by Amy Tan ( Recording )
39 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 2,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, the story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables people to recover in memory what they have lost in grief. Over the course of one fog-shrouded year, between one season of falling stars and the next, mother and daughter find what they share in their bones through heredity, history, and inexpressible qualities of love
The Moon Lady by Amy Tan ( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 1,739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nai-nai tells her granddaughters the story of her outing, as a seven-year-old girl in China, to see the Moon Lady and be granted a secret wish. Suggested level: primary
The Chinese Siamese cat by Amy Tan ( Book )
13 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ming Miao tells her kittens about the antics of one of their ancestors, Sagwa of China, that produced the unusual markings they have had for thousands of years
Saving fish from drowning by Amy Tan ( Recording )
23 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China-dubbed the true Shangri-La-and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers as they come to discover that the Burma Road is paved with less-than-honorable intentions, questionable food, and tribal curses
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan ( Recording )
29 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spanning forty years, tells the story of four Chinese women who immigrate to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and share their life's stories
The valley of amazement by Amy Tan ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her
An introduction to The age of innocence by Edith Wharton by Dan Stone ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Wharton's The age of innocence, a novel about the upper classes of New York and the story of Newland Archer's love for Countess Olenska
An introduction to The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan audio guide by Adam Kampe ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, a novel about four mothers, four daughters, and four families whose paths cross in 1949 in San Francisco as four Chinese women begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk
The kitchen god's wife by Amy Tan ( Recording )
22 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Helen and Winnie keep each other's secrets until Helen becomes convinced she is dying and decides to tell some secrets that could cause problems between Winnie and her daughter
The Best American short stories, 1999 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Amy (edi) Tan ( Book )
6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
The hundred secret senses by Amy Tan ( Recording )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Chinese American girl experiences the connections between chance and fate, beliefs and hopes, memory and imagination
Selected from the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For the adult new reader, selections from the novel on contemporary Chinese-American women
El Club de la Buena Estrella by Amy Tan ( Book )
60 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"En 1949, cuatro mujeres chinas que recientemente han emigrado a San Francisco inician una serie de reuniones durantes las que comen dim sum, juegan al mah-jong ya hablan. Unidas por lo que comparten, la pérdida y la esperanza, se hacen llamar El Club de la Buena Estrella." -- back cover
 
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Alternative Names
Amy Tan.
Tan, Amy
Tan, Amy, 1952-
Tan, An-mei Ruth, 1952-
Tan, Eimi
Tan, Eimi 1952-
Tan, Enmei
Tan, Enmei 1952-
טאן, אמי
آمي تان، 1952-
タン, エィミ
谭恩美
Languages
English (757)
Spanish (59)
German (5)
Danish (5)
Swedish (5)
French (4)
Catalan (2)
Chinese (1)
Italian (1)
Hebrew (1)
Norwegian (1)
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