Amy Tan
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"Amy Tan" is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience. Her best-known work is The Joy Luck Club (novel)/The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 languages. In 1993, the book was adapted into a commercially The Joy Luck Club (film)/successful film.

Tan has written several other bestselling novels, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning. She also wrote a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. In addition to these, Tan has written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS. She also appeared on PBS in a short spot encouraging children to write. Tan is also in a band with several other well-known writers, the Rock Bottom Remainders.

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Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.

Memory feeds imagination.

I did not lose myself all at once. I rubbed out my face over the years washing away my pain, the same way carvings on stone are worn down by water.

In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.

You see what power is - holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them!

Whenever I'm with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines. The Kitchen God's Wife.

People think it's a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer's. But in my mother's case, it's different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. ... For the first time in her life, she's happy.

Whenever my mother talks to me, she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument.

Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all - all the Englishes I grew up with.

Saving Fish From Drowning.