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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir (Hardcover)

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By Amy Tan
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The first thing you’ll notice is the writing—Amy Tan’s gorgeous prose. The second will be the almost casual references to her incredible family history and personal tragedy. You’ll be drawn in by the insight of one of our greatest living writers. Orbiting an emotional core, this collage of poetic thoughts and essays on art and language are intermingled with chapters of Tan’s heart-breaking real-life stories, creating a unique memoir that I can’t stop thinking about.

— Jocelyn

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FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING 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, bestselling 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 novels.

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 fifteen. Supplied with candor and characteristic humor, Where the Past Begins takes readers 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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062319296
ISBN-10: 0062319299
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English

 

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