Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
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ISBN : 0062319299
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Brina rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

I have been reading Amy Tan's novel since I was first introduced to The Joy Luck Club when I was in high school. At the time I lacked the life experience to thoroughly enjoy her work about complex mother and daughter relationships, so over the last year I have been rereading these intricate novel...

Angela M rated it ★★★☆☆

November 01, 2017

I have enjoyed several of Amy Tan’s novels with their reflections on her Chinese heritage, on mother - daughter relationships. This is what prompted me to read her memoir which I hoped would be a look at her life, her family and the impact of these memories in her work. For the most part, this is...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2017

3.5 rounded up. This is described as a memoir of Any Tan's childhood and writing methods, but I think it's mostly a memoir of her mother and their relationship. Like Pat Conroy and his difficult love/hate connection with his violent father that infused all his books, the same thing appears to be...

Julie rated it ★★★☆☆

November 20, 2017

I continue to vacillate between 3 and 5 stars on this one. It's another one of those reads that I just can't pin down. (Proust started this dilemma of indecision.) I've been a long-time fan of Amy Tan's novels, starting with The Joy Luck Club, and delighting in her works ever since, so I thought...

Marisa rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Stunning and a real privilege to read. Read my full review HERE .

Bkwmlee rated it ★★★★☆

November 04, 2017

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. When I first learned that I had been approved for an ARC of Amy Tan’s new memoir, I was excited, as I’ve enjoyed quite a few of Amy’s books and count The Joy Luck Club as one of my favorites. Reading the summary, I understood going into it that this would be a memoir w...

Jean rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2017

I attended a talk by Amy Tan when she was promoting her first book. I enjoyed her talk and reading that book. I put her on my list of authors to follow. Since that time, I have read all her books and make a point of attending her talks whenever she is in my area. This book is a memoir of her life...

Eilonwy rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2018

I'm never good at reviewing nonfiction! This is not a book I would have chosen to read myself, despite having read and enjoyed Amy Tan's first two novels. But a friend of mine gave it to me, so I felt obligated to read it in a timely fashion. And I'm very glad I did. This is apparently a collecti...

Tammy rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2017

This book could easily have been titled Where a Writer Begins. Of course, I prefer the actual title and subtitle much better. Tan is courageous in what she reveals about her past and her pinging, beautiful mind. She deeply delves into her past as she pursues her sense of self and what created the...

Ilana rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

I think lots of people will like this book, but if you're a writer, reading this will be like reading the best and most ethical kind of pornography, or like eating the most delicious dessert you've had in a long time. Amy Tan makes me want to write and write and write and I could feel the impulse...

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