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Amy Tan (1) (1952–)

Author of The Joy Luck Club

For other authors named Amy Tan, see the disambiguation page.

32+ Works 48,369 Members 721 Reviews

About the Author

Image credit: Amy Tan speaks with National Book Festival Literary Director Marie Arana on the Main Stage, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. By Library of Congress Life - 20180901SM1138.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83102549

Works by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club (1989) 17,523 copies
The Bonesetter's Daughter (2001) 7,870 copies
The Kitchen God's Wife (1991) 6,907 copies
The Hundred Secret Senses (1995) 5,710 copies
Saving Fish from Drowning (2005) 4,689 copies
The Valley of Amazement (2013) 1,911 copies
The Moon Lady (1992) 475 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999) — Editor — 448 copies
The Chinese Siamese Cat (1994) 315 copies
Rules for Virgins (2011) 140 copies

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,125 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 914 copies
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 741 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 477 copies
Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Contributor — 410 copies
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 368 copies
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies
The Best American Essays 1991 (1991) — Contributor — 142 copies
Leaving Home: Stories (1997) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Joy Luck Club [1993 film] (1994) — Original book — 104 copies
Growing up Asian American: An Anthology (1993) — Contributor — 101 copies
The State of the Language [1990] (1979) — Contributor — 88 copies
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contributor — 75 copies
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Contributor — 74 copies
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Simpsons: Season 12 (1990) — Guest Star — 55 copies
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 46 copies
Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat: Acrobat Cats (2002) — Contributor — 45 copies
Big City Cool: Short Stories About Urban Youth (2002) — Contributor — 35 copies
Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (1995) — Contributor — 31 copies
Asian-American Literature: An Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 30 copies
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors (2014) — Contributor — 28 copies
An Introduction To: The Joy Luck Club (2006) — Contributor — 4 copies
Whole Pieces (1990) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Tan, Amy Ruth
Other names
Tán Enmei
USA (birth)
Oakland, California, USA
Places of residence
Oakland, California, USA
Santa Clara, California, USA
Montreux, Switzerland
San Jose, California, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
New York, New York, USA (show all 7)
Sausalito, California, USA
Institut Monte Rosa, Montreux, Switzerland
Linfield College, Oregon, USA
San Jose City College, San Jose, California, USA
San Jose State University (BA|English and linguistics)
San Jose State University (MA|Linguistics)
University of California, Santa Cruz (show all 7)
University of California, Berkeley
language development specialist
business writer
fiction writer
Rock Bottom Remainders (band)
American Bird Conservancy (board member)
The Community of Writers (board member)
Awards and honors
Academy of Achievement (1996)
Carl Sandburg Literary Award (2021)
National Humanities Medal (2021)
Sandy Dijkstra [literary] (Dijkstra Literary Agency)
Elise Capron [literary] (Dijkstra Literary Agency)
Steven Barclay [speaking] (Steven Barclay Agency)
Eliza Fischer [speaking] (Steven Barclay Agency)
Short biography
Amy Tan says on her own website (http://www.amytan.net/) that those who want to know her official biography should read her book The Opposite of Fate. There is a good short synopsis on her website. She makes a disclaimer that many other websites, including Wikipedia, have made erroneous statements about her life. She has asked not to publish any biographical information, and her website is restricted material. -TerenceHearsay



Four women's lives and their daughters are the main theme of this book.The mothers all came to America leaving China for something better, their daughters fight against the old way of their mothers. The cultural divide is great and is the tension in the book. The mothers lives were shaped and formed by customs, the daughters in America want no part of that.

Four women's lives and their daughters are the main theme of this book.The mothers all came to America leaving China for something better, their daughters fight against the old way of their mothers. The cultural divide is great and is the tension in the book. The mothers lives were shaped and formed by custom, the daughters in America want no part of that.… (more)
foof2you | 199 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
I came very close to DNF this book, but the interest in sister Kwan and the Chinese aspect of the story kept me reading. I couldn't stand the narrator, sister Olivia. She is absolutely toxic; a selfish nitwit. She had exactly ten pages at the end of the book where she was "redeemed." Too little, too late.
I'm not sorry I finished the book though. Kwan and her Yin eyes, the tales of the ghosts, those were enchanting.
MrsLee | 65 other reviews | Jan 5, 2024 |
I have enjoyed the author's previous books very much, and I have to commend her for writing this one. What a departure from her other books! And what a talent she has. Wow.
I definitely can relate to Ms. Tan's love of watching birds. It's something I have enjoyed for almost 60 years. From the first birds my father pointed out to me as a boy in Wisconsin (blue jays, chickadees, and grosbeaks), to the first robin of spring, to beautiful Baltimore Orioles, and on and on. I remember the first Indigo Bunting I saw, in a creek bottom while trout fishing as a teen. It absolutely took my breath away. And then on to ducks and geese, and then owls out here in the PNW. I currently have SEVEN feeders in my yard, and spend many moments just watching the birds come in.
The author seems to have the same love for birds. The difference being her absolute incredible ability to describe them, as well as her beautiful drawings of them. What a great artist!
I fell in love with this book. I received it as an ARC from NetGalley, but I will absolutely be buying a hard copy when it is released in April. As well as a copy for my father, who is now 89 years old and still feeding the birds. I'm sure he will love it!
Thanks Ms. Tan for a great experience!
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1Randal | 1 other review | Jan 4, 2024 |
This was so good, I liked it even more than Joy Luck Club, great powerful stories
hellokirsti | 79 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |


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