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The Hundred Secret Senses (Paperback)

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By Amy Tan
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Staff Reviews

"A beautiful journey
through the world of the dead, the world of dreams, and past lives. Amy
Tan’s ability to touch the heart of Asian mysticism while keeping a firm
ground on American soil is one of the reasons that I love her. The
other is her woven prose."

— Doc


The Hundred Secret Senses is an exultant novel about China and America, love and loyalty, the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way. Olivia Laguni is half-Chinese, but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family. And no one in Olivia's family is more embarrassing to her than her half-sister, Kwan Li. For Kwan speaks mangled English, is cheerfully deaf to Olivia's sarcasm, and sees the dead with her "yin eyes."

Even as Olivia details the particulars of her decades-long grudge against her sister (who, among other things, is a source of infuriatingly good advice), Kwan Li is telling her own story, one that sweeps us into the splendor, squalor, and violence of Manchu China. And out of the friction between her narrators, Amy Tan creates a work that illuminates both the present and the past sweetly, sadly, hilariously, with searing and vivid prose.

"Truly magical...unforgettable...this novel...shimmer[s] with meaning."--San Diego Tribune

"The Hundred Secret Senses doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations."--Newsweek

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375701528
ISBN-10: 0375701524
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: June 1st, 1998
Pages: 368
Language: English