FROM GOODREADS: Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world’s best-loved novelists. Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action — a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today.
MY REVIEW: The Opposite of Fate is a thoughtfully-written, fascinating collection of essays about the author’s life and work. Having just read The Hundred Secret Senses, many of her life stories were beautifully familiar, as her relationships, her tragedies, and her ghosts crossover from fact to fiction seamlessly. I suspect that is the gift of a great writer. This book is the gift of a great writer, and I am inspired to add more Amy Tan to my reading list. Much thanks to my friend Judith for recommending this gem!