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Where the Past Begins

A Writer's Memoir

About the Book

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get older.

Moving from her childhood in Oakland and growing up with her Chinese parents through her success as a novelist, Amy Tan delves into her creative interests in music, the paralysis of beginning a new project, journal-writing and travelling. Where the Past Begins chronicles the making of a writer. With characteristic humor and poignant observation, Tan weaves a nontraditional introspective narrative that is as complex and vibrant as this beloved American novelist’s fiction. Interspersed with direct correspondence between the author and her editor, the book will give fans and critics unparalleled insight into the author’s process, her thoughts on the literary enterprise, and her singularly warm, intelligent mind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062688194
  • ISBN 10: 0062688197
  • Imprint: HarperLuxe
  • On Sale: 10/17/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 35.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing
  • BISAC3: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary

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