The Kitchen God's Wife
First Career Amy Tan, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in Oakland, California. She earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics and English and a master's degree in linguistics at San Jose State University, then went on to become a successful business writer before turning her talents to fiction.
A Stunning Success "Two Kinds" is part of her popular work The Joy Luck Club, a book that weaves together separate stories about four Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. After its release in 1989, the book spent eight months on the New York Times bestseller list; in 1993, it was made into a movie. The Joy Luck Club was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and it received the 1990 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction. It has been translated into more than 15 languages, including Chinese.