Amy Tan
Amy Tan is an American author of Chinese American literature, best known for her novel The Joy Luck Club. She has appeared on The Simpsons in animated form. A major theme of her work is the exploration of the relationship between mother and daughter. When she was a teenager, her brother and father both died of brain tumors at almost the same time. After a move to Switzerland, Amy’s mother revealed that she had three daughters in China that she had with an abusive husband. Amy lives in California with her husband, Louis, who she met on a blind date.

Amy Tan became a published author in 1989 with the novel The Joy Luck Club. Below is a list of Amy Tan’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Joy Luck Club (1989)Description / Buy at
The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)Description / Buy at
The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)Description / Buy at
The Bonesetter's Daughter (2001)Description / Buy at
Saving Fish from Drowning (2005)Description / Buy at
The Valley of Amazement (2013)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Rules for Virgins (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Children's Books

The Moon Lady (1992)Description / Buy at
Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings (2003)Description / Buy at
Post Pregnancy Diet (2015)Description / Buy at
Where The Past Begins: A Writers Memoir (2017)Description / Buy at
The Backyard Bird Chronicles (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Big City Cool: Short Stories About Urban Youth (With: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.,Walter Dean Myers,Judith Ortiz Cofer,Neal Shusterman,Cherylene Lee,M. Jerry Weiss,Helen S. Weiss,Elennora Tate,Eugenia Collier,Paul Many,Michael Rosovsky) (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Points of View(1956)Description / Buy at
The Short Story: 30 Masterpieces(1992)Description / Buy at
American Voices(1992)Description / Buy at
Growing Up Female: Stories By Women Writers From the American Mosaic(1993)Description / Buy at
Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction(1993)Description / Buy at
Mid-life Confidential(1994)Description / Buy at
Out of the Mold(1997)Description / Buy at
The Best American Short Stories 1999(1999)Description / Buy at
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction(1999)Description / Buy at
The Eloquent Essay(2000)Description / Buy at
40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology(2000)Description / Buy at
Big City Cool: Short Stories About Urban Youth(2002)Description / Buy at
The Little Big Book of California(2005)Description / Buy at
40 Model Essays(2005)Description / Buy at
Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction(2007)Description / Buy at
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology(2007)Description / Buy at
FIRST WORDS: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors(2009)Description / Buy at
Selected Shorts: American Classics(2010)Description / Buy at
Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All(2013)Description / Buy at
The Boomer List(2014)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Best American Short Stories 1999 was co-edited by series editor Katrina Kenison. Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude was co-authored with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Barbara Kingsolver and Ridley Pearson.

Hard Listening is written with fellow Rock Bottom Remainders band members Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Matt Groening, Roy Blount Jr., Stephen King, James McBride, Ridley Pearson and Scott Turow.

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Amy Tan Synopsis: The Joy Luck Club is the debut novel from Amy Tan, was translated into 35 languages and adapted to film. It is the story of four mothers, four daughters and four families whose stories change based on who is telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese immigrant women to San Francisco eat dim sum, play mahjong and chat. They call themselves The Joy Luck Club.

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