Amy Tan

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Some days, things hurt so badly you have to laugh. Novelist Amy Tan is on that path these days.

The bestselling author of "The Joy Luck Club", "The Kitchen God's Wife," and "The Bonesetter's Daughter" is soaring far beyond the intimate mother-daughter stories of Chinese tradition and Chinese- American life.

Her new novel, "Saving Fish from Drowning," is a rollicking burlesque, that stretches from Amy Tan's San Francisco, across China, and — going comic all the way — into the oppressive political realm of contemporary Myanmar: Burma. Along the way, she's touching love, sex, murder, the news media and reality TV.

Hear about Saving Fish from Drowning with novelist Amy Tan.


Amy Tan, best-selling novelist and author of the new book "Saving Fish from Drowning."

This program aired on October 21, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.