Reading Amy Tan

Reading Amy Tan

Reading Amy Tan

Reading Amy Tan

Synopsis

When does a baby TV cry? When its channel needs changing. How do you fix a broken pizza? Use tomato paste. Want wackiness? You've got it, with the wildest, zaniest, most hilariously illustrated collection of jokes ever. From Robin Hoot, the owl who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, to Moodonna, the famous cow rock star, there's enough craziness to keep everyone in stitches.

Excerpt

To say that Amy Tan is one of the most significant Asian American women writers would be an understatement. Her fame and success extend beyond ethnic and gender labels. Tan’s influence on contemporary American literature and culture is far reaching. Her name appears repeatedly on college course reading lists. Some of her works have been incorporated into school curricula at various levels and have been embraced by book club members. Her writing also has been translated into many languages, which has expanded her readership worldwide. One of the unique aspects of Tan’s writing is that her best-selling books often earn critical praise as well. To general readers, Tan is undoubtedly one of the most popular Asian American writers. Her debut book, The Joy Luck Club (1989), is one of the best known Chinese American texts. The fact that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) chose The Joy Luck Club for its 2007 Big Read program confirms the popularity and significance of this work. In academia, Tan’s writing has been the topic of a large number of books, book chapters, journal articles, and master’s and doctoral theses. A search of the Modern Language Association International Bibliography conducted on July 3, 2008, for example, generated 140 results on the subject of “Amy Tan,” and 96 on “The Joy Luck Club.” Not surprisingly, a variety of critical topics and theoretical perspectives regarding Tan’s works have kindled engaging discussions among students, critics, and scholars in many academic disciplines as well as interdisciplinary fields.

Through its striking storytelling and unique characters, Amy Tan’s fiction deals with such important themes as the complexity of human relationships, especially the connection and conflict between mothers . . .

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