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

Where The Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

byAmy Tan

Paperback | October 24, 2017

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From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir about finding meaning in life through acts of creativity and imagination

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals the ways that our memories and personal experiences can inform our creative work. Drawing on her vivid impressions of her upbringing, Tan investigates the truths and inspirations behind her writing while illuminating how we all explore, confront, and process complex memories, especially half-forgotten ones from childhood.

With candor, empathy, and humor, Tan sheds light on her own writing process, sharing her hard-won insights on the nature of creativity and inspiration while exploring the universal urge to examine truth through the workings of imagination—and what that imaginative world tells us about our own lives. Where the Past Begins is both a unique look into the mind of an extraordinary storyteller and an indispensable guide for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers.


Amy Tan is the author of The Valley of Amazement, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. She lives with her husban...
Title:Where The Past Begins: A Writer's MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.15 inPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062688197

ISBN - 13:9780062688194

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“Any book by best-selling Tan is cause for excitement, and this surprising and gripping memoir will be zealously promoted and discussed.”