Her mother's voice

Amy Tan has come to life, only she's no longer herself. She's a small Chinese woman who cannot speak French gesturing to a Swiss butcher for a piece of meat with less fat.

31st December, 2005

Amy Tan has come to life, only she's no longer herself.

She's a small Chinese woman who cannot speak French gesturing to a Swiss butcher for a piece of meat with less fat. It's transformation rather than imitation. Tan has become her mother - temporarily, for the sake of a story.

The story she is telling, like many of the stories in Tan's novels, is tragic, funny and quite bizarre. It's also true. When she...

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