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Amy Tan promotes her new novel

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

book price: $16.99

This Wednesday Powell’s Books is hosting an reading and book signing with acclaimed author Amy Tan. Tan is promoting her newest work, The Valley of Amazement. She is known for her eloquent and fluid writing style and the reoccurring motifs of identity, duality and duplicity reflected in maternal relationships.

Tan’s debut novel The Joy Luck Club 1989 became a bestseller. In 1993 it was adapted into a movie of the same name. This could not have been an easy task, considering the book’s shifting narration and a story that spans several generations. Tan co-authored the screenplay and the film was a boon to her growing popularity. Although it was not a blockbuster, the film was a box office success and garnered critical acclaim. It also launched the career of actress Ming Na Wen.

Tan’s subsequent novels: The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Saving a Fish from Drowning, and Rules for Virgins further explore the bonds between mothers and daughters, female friendships, duality, the various definitions of femininity, patriarchy, loss and above all identity.

Tan herself is a modern renaissance woman who defies definition. She has published collected essays, nonfiction, children’s books, collaborated to compose an opera and formed a garage band with fellow writers called “Rock Bottom Remainders,” that toured the nation raising money for charity. In a PBS video, Tan talks about they ways in which music and writing are inextricably linked for her.

If you are a Tan fan (say that three times) or you are intrigued by this bright enigmatic woman and you want to learn more come and see her and hear more about her new novel, a work of fiction inspired by real pictures of Tan's own grandmother. Ian Burton of Powell’s Books says to expect a reading, book signing and Q&A time based on the author’s discretion. Burton plans to attend and bring his own mother, appropriately enough. “We are expecting a pretty big turnout, because of her popularity.”

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