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Book: The Opposite of Fate, Amy Tan
Start Date: 05/28/06
End Date: 06/18/06

There’s an essay in which Tan writes about people who’ve dismissed her work because it all seems to only deal with mother-daughter relationships. I have to admit that I’ve been one of those people and reading that essay made me feel a little guilty for boxing her in. After reading this collection of essays, I think I may give her books another chance. I’ve read a few collection of essays now in which authors expound on the joys and pains of being writers and I’m oddly fascinated by them all. This was no exception. I love the feeling that I’m getting an inside peek into the process, the knowledge that despite having published numerous books a blank screen or sheet of paper can still cause mild panic. I have never seriously considered being a published writer, but I have certainly faced that evil wordless demon and it’s comforting to know it doesn’t discriminate!

I enjoyed all of the essays, from the stories of working with producers and directors to adapt The Joy Luck Club for the screen, to the history of her family. What I specially liked, however, were the essays when she mentioned traveling with the band. The band that was made up entirely of writers. I would pay good money to see Tan belting out These Boots Are Made for Walking while she has a boot on Dave Barry’s chest and Steven King sings background vocals. That’s just surreal.

Posted on 06/18 at 12:00 AM


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