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Amy Tan


USA flag (1952 - )

Amy Tan is the author of four critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling novels. Her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a recipient of the Commonwealth Gold Award. The Joy Luck Club was also adapted into a feature film in 1994. Her subsequent novels are The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter. She lives in San Francisco and New York.
 
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The Middle Kingdom (1991)
Andrea Barrett
"An exhilerating book... wonderful insights... Ms. Barrett has captured a truly authentic Beijing."
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China Boy (1991)
(Kai Ting, book 1)
Gus Lee
"What a knockout, an incredibly rich and new voice for American literature... China Boy grabs the reader's heart and won't let go... a wonder of a story."
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Forms of Shelter (1991)
Angela Davis-Gardner
"A poignant and vibrant story filled with the small truths that illuminate human nature. Angela Davis-Gardner is a wonderous and generous writer."
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Red Sorghum (1991)
Mo Yan
"Mo Yan deserves a place in world literature. His voice will find its way into the heart of the reader, just as Kundera and Garcia Marquez have."
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The Last Time I Saw Mother (1996)
Arlene J Chai
"A remarkable first novel filled with family secrets and the intersection of personal and world histories, told through four mesmerizing voices."
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The Mistress of Spices (1997)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"A dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, woven with poetry and storyteller magic."
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Protect and Defend (2000)
(Kerry Kilcannon, book 2)
Richard North Patterson
"An important novel on passion and politics... appeals to both the intellect and the heart. "
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Daughter's Keeper (2003)
Ayelet Waldman
"A powerhouse novel of complex emotions... so compelling that when I finished the book, I started over again."
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The Namesake (2003)
Jhumpa Lahiri
"The kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person and say 'Read this!'"
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War Trash (2004)
Ha Jin
"I am enthralled by Ha Jin's work: he always presents moral conundrums within historical contexts; the frayed edges of humanity; the ways in which both the tenacious and hopeless survive. He is one of our most gifted and essential writers."
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Love and War in California (2007)
Oakley Hall
"This is a book for our times, a book that will surely stand out as an enduring masterpiece of American literature."
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Unpolished Gem (2008)
Alice Pung
"Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing."
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Beside a Burning Sea (2008)
John Shors
"A master storyteller... Beside a Burning Sea confirms again that Shors is an immense talent."
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Beautiful as Yesterday (2009)
Fan Wu
"Beautiful as Yesterday is a story with intelligence, insight, and heart."
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Under Fishbone Clouds (2009)
Sam Meekings
"A powerful and mesmerizing novel, both mythic and intimate... a great accomplishment of imagination, insight, and lyricism."
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Beautiful Maria of My Soul (2010)
(Mambo Kings, book 2)
Oscar Hijuelos
"I fell instantly in love."


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