Amy Tan: A Brief Biography

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Amy Tan is an American Chinese writer most notably known for her critically acclaimed novel The Joy Luck Club, amongst many others. Amy Ruth Tan was born on February 19, 1952, in Oakland California to John and Daisy Tan. Both of Amy’s parents were Chinese immigrants who fled from China to escape hardships. Amy’s mother, Daisy, divorced her abusive husband and left behind three daughters before immigrating to the United States and marrying Amy’s father, John. The marriage produced three children, Amy and her two brothers. Amy’s father and her older brother both died within a year of each other due to brain tumors, and by this time in her life, Amy’s relationship with her mother was strained as well. (Academy of Achievement) Perhaps it is due to the hardships that Amy has faced within her lifetime that has allowed her put forth such compelling stories that are told within her novels. Amy’s work has been analyzed by many critics who put in their best efforts to tie in meanings that she originally had not even intended to be there. While reading the many works of Amy’s, one will begin to notice that she possesses a certain style and technique to her writing. From many of her stories emerge various secrets, which is another common theme in Amy's books. As female characters do what they must to survive and protect those they love, they often find themselves in a world where women have almost no power or independence. Although there are many things that can be pointed out about

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