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Amy Tan

USA flag (b.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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1989) : The Joy Luck Club
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1996) : The Hundred Secret Senses
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Hundred Secret Senses

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The Mistress of Spices (1997)
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"A dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, woven with poetry and storyteller magic."
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Daughter's Keeper (2003)
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Beside a Burning Sea (2008)
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Beautiful as Yesterday (2009)
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I Almost Forgot About You (2016)
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