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The Opposite of Fate, (Signed Limited/Numbered)

Tan, Amy

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ISBN 10: 0399150749 / ISBN 13: 9780399150746
Published by Norwood Press, Tualatin, OR, 2011
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED, LIMITED, FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (complete number line to 1) Tualatin, OR, Norwood Press, 2003. NEW, Unread. Signed by Amy Tan directly on the Limitation Page, no inscription. This is a Special Black Leather Bound edition by Norwood Press from the Putman edition. This is number 9 ? (could be 7 or 1 - see photo) of 200 numbered copies. In addition there were 26 lettered and 74 presentation copies. Text Clean, no marks. No remainder mark. Black Leather Boards Fine, no bumps, covered in a clear plastic cover as issued. Gilt lettering on spine Fine, no rubbing. Not ex-library. Not book club. Books are Carefully Packed and Shipped Daily with Delivery Confirmation from Dry, Smoke-Free shop. Complete Satisfaction Guaranteed. Signed, Slipcased, First Edition, First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 1698 T138

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Title: The Opposite of Fate, (Signed Limited/...

Publisher: Norwood Press, Tualatin, OR

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In her first book of nonfiction, bestselling novelist Amy Tan shares her personal philosophy of fate.

Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes-from writing stories, decorating her house with charms, learning to ski, and living with squirrels, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease, surviving natural disasters, and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist.

With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen-in her own life and beyond-but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all.

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Amy Tan begins The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, a collection of essays that spans her literary career, on a humorous note; she is troubled that her life and novels have become the subject of a "Cliff’s Notes" abridgement. Reading the little yellow booklet, she discovers that her work is seen as complex and rich with symbolism. However, Tan assures her readers that she has no lofty, literary intentions in writing her novels--she writes for herself, and insists that the recurring patterns and themes that critics find in them are entirely their own making. This self-deprecating stance, coupled with Tan’s own clarification of her intentions, makes The Opposite of Fate feel like an extended, private conversation with the author.

Tan manages to find grace and frequent comedy in her sometimes painful life, and she takes great pleasure in being a celebrity. "Midlife Confidential" brings readers on tour with Tan and the rest of the leather-clad writers’ rock band, the Rock-Bottom Remainders. And "Angst and the Second Book" is a brutally honest, frequently hysterical reflection on Tan’s self-conscious attempts to follow the success of The Joy Luck Club.

In a collection so diverse and spanning such a long period of time, inevitably some of the pieces feel dated or repetitious. Yet, Tan comes off as a remarkably humble and sane woman, and the book works well both to fill in her biography and to clarify the boundaries between her life and her fiction. In her final, title essay, Tan juxtaposes her personal struggles against a persistent disease with the nation’s struggles against terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11. She declares her transformative, artistic power over tragedy, reflecting: "As a storyteller, I know that if I don’t like the ending, I can write a better one." --Patrick O’Kelley

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