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Read online The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life Born into a family who believed in fate Amy Tan has always looked for alternative ways to make sense of the world And now in The Opposite of Fate her first book of nonfiction she shares her thoughts on how she escaped the expectations and curses of her past and created her own destiny p Amy Tan tells of her family of the ghosts that inhabit her computer of specters of illness ski trips the pliability of memory rock and roll and the twinned mysteries of faith and fate Whether she is remembering arguments with her mother in suburban California recounting trips to an outdoor market in Shanghai or describing her love hate relationship with the CliffsNotes edition of her first book The Joy Luck Club her recollections offer an intimate glimpse of a bestselling writer whose own life story is as magical and hopeful as her fiction p by Amy Tan

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The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life
Title:The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life
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Number of Pages:398
Category:non-fiction, memoir, writing, biography
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Before you go out into the world Ming Miao told her five kittens you must know the true story of your ancestors br br And so begins the story of Sagwa of China a mischievous pearl white kitten Sagwa lived in the House of the Foolish Magistrate a greedy man who made up rules that helped only himself One day Sagwa fell into an inkwell and accidentally changed one of the Foolish Magistrate s rules Little did Sagwa know she would alter the fate and the appearance of Chinese cats forever, b The Hundred Secret Senses b is an exultant novel about China and America love and loyalty the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way Olivia Laguni is half Chinese but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family And no one in Olivia s family is more embarrassing to her than her half sister Kwan Li For Kwan speaks mangled English is cheerfully deaf to Olivia s sarcasm and sees the dead with her yin eyes br br Even as Olivia details the particulars of her decades long grudge against her sister who among other things is a source of infuriatingly good advice Kwan Li is telling her own story one that sweeps us into the splendor squalor and violence of Manchu China And out of the friction between her narrators Amy Tan creates a work that illuminates both the present and the past sweetly sadly hilariously with searing and vivid prose, A MAGICAL NIGHT WHEN SECRET WISHES CAN COME TRUE br On a rainy afternoon three sisters wish for the rain to stoop wish they could play in the puddles wish for something i anything i to do So Ying Ying their grandmother tells them a tale from long ago On the night of the Moon Festival when Ying ying was a little girl she encountered the Moon Lady who grants the secret wishes of those who ask and learned from her that the best wishes are those you can make come true yourself This haunting tale adapted from Amy Tan s best seller i The Joy Luck Club i and enhanced by Gretchen Schields s rich meticulously detailed art is a book for all to treasure, A sweeping evocative epic of two women s intertwined fates and their search for identity that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village br br Amy Tan s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping evocative epic of two women s intertwined fates and their search for identity that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village br br Spanning more than forty years and two continents The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history from the collapse of China s last imperial dynasty to the rise of the Republic the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti foreign sentiment to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign Shanghailanders living in the International Settlement both erased by World War II br br A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club With her characteristic insight and humor she conjures a story of inherited trauma desire and deception and the power and stubbornness of love