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Where the Past Begins

(2017)
A non fiction book by

 
 
From New York Times best-selling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

In Where the Past Begins, best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her stories.

Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia - the real reason behind an IQ test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother - and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was 15. Supplied with candour and characteristic humour, Where the Past Begins takes listeners into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer's mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.



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October 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
ISBN: 0-00-758554-3 / 978-0-00-758554-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
ISBN: 0-06-231929-9 / 978-0-06-231929-6 (USA edition)
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Where the Past Begins: Memory and Imagination
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ISBN: 0-00-758557-8 / 978-0-00-758557-1 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Where the Past Begins: Memory and Imagination
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ISBN: 0-06-231931-0 / 978-0-06-231931-9 (USA edition)
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
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ISBN: 0-06-268819-7 / 978-0-06-268819-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
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ISBN: 0-00-758555-1 / 978-0-00-758555-7 (UK edition)
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October 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
ISBN: 1-5384-5543-9 / 978-1-5384-5543-2
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October 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir: Library Edition
Author(s): Amy Tan
ISBN: 1-5384-5541-2 / 978-1-5384-5541-8
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Title: Where the Past Begins
Author(s): Amy Tan
ISBN: 1-5384-5542-0 / 978-1-5384-5542-5
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
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Title: Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Author(s): Amy Tan
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Title: Where the Past Begins: Memory and Imagination
Author(s): Amy Tan
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