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by | Read by Amy Tan

Contemporary Culture • 9 hrs. • Abridged • © 2003

When a novelist turns to essays, there's a marked reduction in drama. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it's not as thrilling. Unless you're Amy Tan. Her grandmother killed herself with opium. Her mother was jailed for adultery. Her father and brother were taken suddenly with brain tumors. Her dear friend, Peter, was murdered on her birthday and in a manner that had been foreshadowed in her dreams. Another friend suffocated while skiing. Tan herself has escaped death by a whisker again and again. When a clumsy fan asks if she's a contemporary author--in other words, "Are you dead yet?''--we sympathize with the confusion. Confessing, reporting, with a smile in her voice, she is a true-life adventurer you can't help but like and admire. B.H.C. 2004 Audie Award Winner
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 04]



Trade Ed. • Brilliance Audio • 2003

CS ISBN 1593550758 $29.95 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 1593550774 $33.95 • Eight CDs

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