Sunday is Mother’s Day. So today, my conversation with an author who called upon her mother’s life experiences to craft one of America’s best loved novels of the late 20th century.
Amy Tan’s parents emigrated to the US from China. And they brought with them not only their own personal histories, of course, but centuries of Chinese history and wisdom.
It was against that backdrop that Tan wrote her 1989 best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club.
And as you’ll hear in a few minutes, Tan’s writing tapped into a consciousness that even her own mother was startled by.
The first time I interviewed Amy Tan was in 1990, when the paperbackedition of The Joy Luck Club had just been published .
So here now, from 1990, novelist Amy Tan.
Amy Tan is 71 now. She is frequently listed as among the most important and influential American authors of her time.
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