From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan writes a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.
Amy Tan reveals the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By going deep into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer.
The shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia – the real reason behind an I.Q. test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother – and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen.
Supplied with candour and characteristic humour, the novel takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.