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The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
After four novels and two children's books, Amy Tan has written an account of her life in The Opposite of Fate. Her complex relationship with her mother, which provided for much of the inspiration in her fiction, is detailed within this book, as well as the misfortunes, coincidences, superstitions, and personal choices that have constituted her life. Presented as a series of autobiographical essays, she details the effect the different roles of daughter, writer, and woman have had on her life. In exploring her own life, Amy Tan has, like her fiction, illuminated parts our own lives for us to see. The Opposite of Fate has received mostly positive reviews. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says, "Like her best-selling novels, her essays promise to delight, sadden and astonish. Readers, loyal and new, will find much to admire in Tan."