The Hundred Secret Senses: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 17, 1995 - Fiction - 368 pages
41 Reviews
The "wisest and most captivating novel" (Boston Globe) from the author of the bestselling The Valley of Amazement

Set in San Francisco and in a remote village of Southwestern China, Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses is a tale of American assumptions shaken by Chinese ghosts and broadened with hope. In 1962, five-year-old Olivia meets the half-sister she never knew existed, eighteen-year-old Kwan from China, who sees ghosts with her "yin eyes." Decades later, Olivia describes her complicated relationship with her sister and her failing marriage, as Kwan reveals her story, sweeping the reader into the splendor and violence of mid-nineteenth century China. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its secrets and senses, its illusions and truths.

  

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A genuinely funny writer. - Goodreads
This method of novel-writing is lazy and unfulfilling. - Goodreads
It's a love story, but not a romance. - Goodreads
It's the same basic Amy Tan plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

It's hard to say exactly how you should classify this book, other than to say it is one of the books you will most likely enjoy all around. There were times when the main character frustrated the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hebephrene - LibraryThing

I was surprised at how badly written this was. I was curious about Tan because of her popularity. The distressing discovery is that there wasn't one genuine emotion in the book. The main character ... 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
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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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