"THE WISEST AND MOST CAPTIVATING NOVEL TAN HAS WRITTEN."--The Boston Sunday Globe
"TRULY MAGICAL . . . UNFORGETTABLE . . . The first-person narrator is Olivia Laguni, and her unrelenting nemesis from childhood on is her half-sister, Kwan Li. . . . It is Kwan's haunting predictions, her implementation of the secret senses, and her linking of the present with the past that cause this novel to shimmer with meaning--and to leave it in the readers mind when the book has long been finished."
--The San Diego Tribune
"HER MOST POLISHED WORK . . . Tan is a wonderful storyteller, and the story's many strands--Olivia's childhood, her courtship and marriage, Kwan's ghost stories and village tales--propel the work to its climactic but bittersweet end." --USA Today
"TAN HAS ONCE MORE PRODUCED A NOVEL WONDERFULLY LIKE A HOLOGRAM: turn it this way and find Chinese-Americans shopping and arguing in San Francisco; turn it that way and the Chinese of Changmian village in 1864 are fleeing into the hills to hide from the rampaging Manchus. . . . THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations.
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I have to admit my first reading of this book was actually a "listening". I listened to it on audio; Amy Tan reading. She is an outstanding reader...I can still hear the characters' distinct voices and visualize scenes as vividly as if I'd "seen" the book instead of "heard" it read to me. I was inspired to read the book for myself as well as more of her novels which balance Chinese traditions with American ideas.
-Jocelyn Schmidt, Ballantine National Sales Coordinator
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen Goda (TM)s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesettera (TM)s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two childrena (TM)s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
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Book Description Putnams, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002254700