The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings

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Penguin, 2003 - Literary Collections - 398 pages
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In her first book of nonfiction, bestselling novelist Amy Tan shares her personal philosophy of fate.

Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes-from writing stories, decorating her house with charms, learning to ski, and living with squirrels, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease, surviving natural disasters, and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist.

With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen-in her own life and beyond-but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all.
 

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User Review  - yougotamber - LibraryThing

The book is a series of essays/stories throughout her life and about her life and writing. Although the book is extremely well written and has some interesting thoughts in it, I find Amy Tan a little ... Read full review

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User Review  - apurdie - LibraryThing

A great collection of essays for fans of Tan's work. One gains an excellent insight into growing with the mother that inspired books about fraught mother-daughter relationships, how a novel comes ... Read full review

Contents

A Note to the Reader i
1
CHANGING THE PAST
67
AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCES
123
Midlife Confidential
154
STRONG WINDS
205
The Most Hateful Words
218
Inferior Decorating
231
My Hair My Face My Nails
245
A CHOICE OF WORDS
267
HOPE
355
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Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and two children's books, The Moon Ladyand The Chinese Siamese Cat, which is now a PBS production called Sagwa, for which Tan is a creative consultant and writer. Tan was also a 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.

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