Where the Past Begins

Where the Past Begins

A Writer's Memoir

Book - 2017
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In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving 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. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels. Tan explores 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, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer's mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.
Publisher: London, Fourth Estate,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780007585557
9780007585540
Characteristics: x, 357 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.

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Uchinaguchi
Nov 19, 2017

Amy Tan's memoir isn't about her life and how it led to her being a writer, but about how all the aspects of her life and the lives before her inspired her to write. This is a very fluid book as one chapter flows into the next, and how perception and understanding changes over time reveals that our lives are in flux. I don't want to make any interpretations into Tan's life, even though this is her memoir. But what I loved about this memoir was how much of her internal voice mirrored my own, and how she gave words to thoughts I hadn't constructed yet. I was engulfed in her memoir and it has now changed my own perceptions of my past as I continue to flow through my life.

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Marilyn34
Oct 26, 2017

This memoir showed me that writers struggle in life just like everyone else.

Check out my review of "Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2017/10/new-release-review-where-past-begins.html

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