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Where the past begins : a writer's memoir

Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Amy Tan; Amy Tan
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording
Document Type: Sound Recording, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Tan
OCLC Number: 1043357398
Language Note: Audiobooks [reading of a printed book.].
Notes: Local call number 52219.
15 recorded hours.
This recording contains program announcements from a broadcast of Minnesota Radio Talking Book.
Single voiced narration.
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file)
Details: DAISY Digital Talking Book.
Contents: Introduction. Where the past begins --
Prologue. The breaker of combs --
I. Imagination. A leaky imagination --
Music as muse --
Souvenir from a dream --
Hidden genius --
Reorientation : Homer, Alaska --
II. Memory in emotion. Genuine emotions --
The feeling of what it felt like when it happened --
A mere mortal at age twenty-five --
A mere mortal at age twenty-six --
How to change fate : step 1 --
III. Retrieving the past. The unfurling of leaves --
The auntie of the woman who lost her mind --
Unstoppable --
Time and distance : age twenty-four --
Time and distance : age fifty --
Time and distance : age sixty --
IV. Unknown endings. The darkest moment of my life --
Nipping dog --
The father I did not know --
Reliable witness --
V. Reading and writing. I am the author of this novel --
How I learned to read --
Splayed poem : the road --
Eidolons --
Letters to the editor --
Letters in English --
Why write? --
VI. Language. Language : a love story --
Intestinal fortitude --
Principles of linguistics --
Companions in the house.
Responsibility: Amy Tan.

Abstract:

"In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate, 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. Suffused 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."--Jacket

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