Amy Tan reveals the events of her life that spurred her to write her most notable novels, The Kitchen God's Wife and The Joy Luck Club. She credits most of the rather eccentric, twists in her novels to real-life incidents that had happened either to her mother or herself. Tan's mother is described as a woman bogged down by many secrets from her past life in China, and a captivating woman deluded with superstitions. These secrets and superstitions shape Amy Tan into the woman she is--and serves as the catalysts to Amy Tan's writing career. Amy Tan's reflections on her life as the daughter of an eccentric woman and as a Chinese American make her life, perhaps even a more interesting read than her fiction.
This report prepared by Laura Fong