By Amy Tan
February 12, 2018
In Where the Past Begins, Amy Tan is at her most intimate in 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 gathers together evidence of all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer.
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 publicity, she writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen.
Written with candour and characteristic humour, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination and truth.