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Also Known As: Amy Ruth Tan Died:
Born: February 19, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: novelist, producer, screenwriter, freelance business writer, language development consultant

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Asian-American novelist turned screenwriter/producer with her first novel "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Tan began writing professionally in 1983 as a freelance business writer for IBM, AT&T and Apple Computers. In 1989 Tan published her first novel, "The Joy Luck Club," a rich, poignant story detailing the lives of Chinese women and their American-born daughters. The novel quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation before the publishers realized they had a potential major bestseller. With a little marketing push, the novel went on to garner near universal acclaim and sell over two million copies. A mainstay of "The New York Times" bestseller list for 75 weeks, "The Joy Luck Club" was published in 23 languages.Tan's second novel "The Kitchen God's Wife" (published in 1991), told the story of an American-born daughter and her immigrant Chinese mother and the secrets that comprised their lives. This novel was another runaway success and also became the number one bestseller on the "Times" list. The next year, Tan wrote (in conjunction with illustrator Gretchen Schields) a children's book, "The Moon Lady". She made her screenwriting and producing debut with the film adaptation of "The Joy Luck Club" (1993)....

Asian-American novelist turned screenwriter/producer with her first novel "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Tan began writing professionally in 1983 as a freelance business writer for IBM, AT&T and Apple Computers. In 1989 Tan published her first novel, "The Joy Luck Club," a rich, poignant story detailing the lives of Chinese women and their American-born daughters. The novel quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation before the publishers realized they had a potential major bestseller. With a little marketing push, the novel went on to garner near universal acclaim and sell over two million copies. A mainstay of "The New York Times" bestseller list for 75 weeks, "The Joy Luck Club" was published in 23 languages.

Tan's second novel "The Kitchen God's Wife" (published in 1991), told the story of an American-born daughter and her immigrant Chinese mother and the secrets that comprised their lives. This novel was another runaway success and also became the number one bestseller on the "Times" list. The next year, Tan wrote (in conjunction with illustrator Gretchen Schields) a children's book, "The Moon Lady". She made her screenwriting and producing debut with the film adaptation of "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Directed by Wayne Wang (best known for "Chan Is Missing", 1982), the Disney-produced feature revealed an ethnically specific but universal story rarely shown before in the nation's multiplexes. The film opened to glowing reviews and healthy box-office returns.

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Raised in Oakland, CA
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Moved to Switzerland at age 16
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Worked as a language development consultant for disabled children
1983:
Worked as a freelance business writter for IBM, AT&T, and Apple Computers
1989:
Published debut novel, <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Joy Luck Club</i>
1991:
Wrote second novel <i>The Kitchen God's Wife</i>
1992:
Wrote first children's book <i>The Moon Lady</i>
1993:
Made screenwriting and producing debut with Wayne Wang directed adaptation "The Joy Luck Club"; made cameo as house party guest
1996:
Third novel <i>The Hundred Secret Senses</i> (1995) shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction
1996:
Co-wrote non-fiction book <i>Mother</i> with Maya Angelou and Mary Higgins Clark
2001:
Second children's book <i>Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat</i> (1994) adapted into PBS animated series
2003:
Published non-fiction book <i>The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings </i>
2007:
Featured in documentary "Hollywood Chinese"
2011:
Returned to novels with <i>Rules for Virgins</i>
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Education

San Jose State University: San Jose , California -
San Jose State University: San Jose , California -
San Jose State University: San Jose , California -

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husband:
Louis DeMattei. Tax attorney. Italian-American.

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mother:
Daisy Tan. Born in China c. 1915; died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on November 22, 1999 at age 83.
father:
John Tan. Baptist minister. Died in January 1968 of a brain tumor.
brother:
Peter Tan. Eldest brother; died of a brain tumor in July 1967 at age 16.
brother:
John Tan.
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"The Joy Luck Club" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"The Kitchen God's Wife" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"The Moon Lady" Macmillan
"The Hundred Secret Senses" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"The Bonesetter's Daughter" G.P. Putnam's Sons
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