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The Resource Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan

Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan

Label
Where the past begins : a writer's memoir
Title
Where the past begins
Title remainder
a writer's memoir
Statement of responsibility
Amy Tan
Title variation
Where the past begins
Title variation remainder
a writers memoir
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 I.Q. 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 candour and characteristic humour, 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
Summary
The best-selling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club presents an intimate memoir on her life as a writer that explores formative experiences from her childhood and her evolving perspectives on the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10574477
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tan, Amy
Dewey number
920
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tan, Amy
  • Tan, Amy
  • Tan, Amy
  • Asian American women
  • Novelists, American
  • Novelists, American
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a writer's memoir
Label
Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060891231
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 357 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780007585557
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
(OCoLC)983439385
Label
Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060891231
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 357 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780007585557
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
(OCoLC)983439385

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