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The Best American Short Stories 1999

by Amy Tan

The stories in this volume deal with modern themes such as the problem of immigration, the problems of death and dying, and the problems of life and its meaning. The stories are written by authors from various cultures and explore issues from a multi-cultural context.

La Hija del Curandero

by Amy Tan

Madre e hija reconcilian sus historias y conjuran el pesar de sus sueños rotos y la fuerza de ese amor que permite recobrar en la memoria aquello que hemos perdido en el dolor.

The Hundred Secret Senses

by Amy Tan

Tan links current Chinese-Americans in San Francisco with Chinese fleeing into the hills to hide from the Manchus in 1864.

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at

The Kitchen God's Wife

by Amy Tan

Narrative of Winnie Louie's life, which she tells as a gift to her daughter Pearl.

The Moon Lady

by Amy Tan

Nainai tells her granddaughters the story of her outing, as a seven-year-old girl in China, to see the Moon Lady and be granted a secret wish.

The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings

by Amy Tan

Autobiographical.

Saving Fish from Drowning

by Amy Tan

12 American tourists join an art expedition, but in the jungles of Burma, their leader dies, and their carefully laid plans fall apart.

The Valley of Amazement

by Amy Tan

New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan brings us her latest novel: a sweeping, evocative epic of two women's intertwined fates and their search for identity--from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog- shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese villageShanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan. " Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West--until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is. Back in 1897 San Francisco, Violet's mother, Lucia, chooses a disastrous course as a sixteen-year-old, when her infatuation with a Chinese painter compels her to leave her home for Shanghai. Shocked by her lover's adherence to Chinese traditions, she is unable to change him, despite her unending American ingenuity. Fueled by betrayals, both women refuse to submit to fate and societal expectations, persisting in their quests to recover what was taken from them: respect; a secure future; and, most poignantly, love from their parents, lovers, and children. To reclaim their lives, they take separate journeys--to a backwater hamlet in China, the wealthy environs of the Hudson River Valley, and, ultimately, the unknown areas of their hearts, where they discover what remains after their many failings to love and be loved. Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement transports readers from the collapse of China's last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. A deeply evocative narrative of the profound connections between mothers and daughters, imbued with Tan's characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.

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