Where The Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

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In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get older.

Moving from her childhood in Oakland and growing up with her Chinese parents through her success as a novelist, Amy Tan delves into her creative interests in music, the paralysis of beginning a new project, journal-writing and travelling. Where the Past Begins chronicles the making of a writer. With characteristic humor and poignant observation, Tan weaves a nontraditional introspective narrative that is as complex and vibrant as this beloved American novelist’s fiction. Interspersed with direct correspondence between the author and her editor, this audiobook will give fans and critics unparalleled insight into the author’s process, her thoughts on the literary enterprise, and her singularly warm, intelligent mind.


  • 001 Where the Past Begins

    Duration: 44s
  • 002 Introduction

    Duration: 28min
  • 003 Prologue

    Duration: 03min
  • 004 Chapter 01

    Duration: 01h02min
  • 005 Chapter 02

    Duration: 01h03min
  • 006 Souvenir From A Dream

    Duration: 01min
  • 007 Chapter 03, Part 1

    Duration: 47min
  • 008 Chapter 03, Part 2

    Duration: 33min
  • 009 Reorientation - Homer, Alaska

    Duration: 02min
  • 010 Chapter 04

    Duration: 41min
  • 011 Chapter 05

    Duration: 01h31s
  • 012 A Mere Mortal At Age Twenty-Five

    Duration: 01min
  • 013 A Mere Mortal At Age Twenty-Six

    Duration: 01min
  • 014 How To Change Fate - Step 1

    Duration: 37s
  • 015 Retrieving The Past

    Duration: 04min
  • 016 The Auntie Of The Woman Who Lost Her Mind

    Duration: 15min
  • 017 Chapter 06

    Duration: 01h06s
  • 018 Time And Distance - Age Twenty-Four

    Duration: 03min
  • 019 Chapter 07

    Duration: 14min
  • 020 Nipping Dog

    Duration: 31s
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