The Hundred Secret Senses: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 17, 1995 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The Hundred Secret Senses is an exultant novel about China and America, love and loyalty, the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way. Olivia Laguni is half-Chinese, but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family. And no one in Olivia's family is more embarrassing to her than her half-sister, Kwan Li. For Kwan speaks mangled English, is cheerfully deaf to Olivia's sarcasm, and sees the dead with her "yin eyes."

Even as Olivia details the particulars of her decades-long grudge against her sister (who, among other things, is a source of infuriatingly good advice), Kwan Li is telling her own story, one that sweeps us into the splendor, squalor, and violence of Manchu China. And out of the friction between her narrators, Amy Tan creates a work that illuminates both the present and the past sweetly, sadly, hilariously, with searing and vivid prose.

"Truly magical...unforgettable...this novel...shimmer[s] with meaning."--San Diego Tribune

"The Hundred Secret Senses doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations."--Newsweek
  

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Amy Tan is an excellent captivating writer. - Goodreads
First book to actually leave me saddened at the ending. - Goodreads
Tan is excellent at character development. - Goodreads
Great story telling made reading this book a pleasure. - Goodreads
Gives a good cross cultural insight - Goodreads
The premise of the book: far fetched. - Goodreads

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Great story telling made reading this book a pleasure. Read full review

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User Review  - Evelyn - Goodreads

Magical realism by a Chinese-American author. The book is a non-stop dream sequence whose occasional melancholy and peevishness is kept in check by its practical narrator, Olivia, and the unfailing good cheer of the frame-within-a-frame narrator, Olivia's half-sister, Kwan. Read full review

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Contents

I
1 THE GIRL WITH YIN EYES
2 FISHER OF MEN
3 THE DOG AND THE BOA
4 THE GHOST MERCHANTS HOUSE
5 LAUNDRY DAY
II
6 FIREFLIES
13 YOUNG GIRLS WISH
14 HELLO GOODB YE
15 THE SEVENTH DAY
16 BIG MAS PORTRAIT
17 THE YEAR OF NO FLOOD
18 SIXROLL SPRING CHICKEN
19 THE ARCHWAY
20 THE VALLEY OF STATUES

7 THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES
8 THE CATCHER OF GHOSTS
9 KWANS FIFTIETH
III
10 KWANS KITCHEN
11 NAME CHANGE
12 THE BEST TIME TO EAT DUCK EGGS
21 WHEN HEAVEN BURNED
22 WHEN LIGHT BALANCES WITH DARK
IV
23 THE FUNERAL
24 ENDLESS SONGS
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About the author (1995)

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen Godís Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two childrenís books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tan, who has a masterís degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

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