Where the past begins : a writer's memoir
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New York : Ecco, [2017].
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First edition.
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0062319299, 9780062319296 (hardback)
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x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Adult Biography (3rd floor)
BIO WRITERS US TAN, A 2017
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Published
New York : Ecco, [2017].
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
Language
English
ISBN
0062319299, 9780062319296 (hardback)

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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, 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 IQ 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. Suffused with candor and characteristic humor, 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.
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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Tan, A. (2017). Where the past begins: a writer's memoir (First edition.). Ecco.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Tan, Amy. 2017. Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir. Ecco.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Tan, Amy. Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Ecco, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Tan, Amy. Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir First edition., Ecco, 2017.

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