Amy Tan: The Hundred Secret Senses

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  • Bella Adams (University of Sunderland)

In many ways, The Hundred Secret Senses (1995) is a very different novel to those that preceded it, not least because it failed to achieve the critical acclaim and attention of Amy Tan's highly successful The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. What also distinguishes Tan's third novel is its focus on a different intercultural relationship between two half sisters, the American-born Olivia Yee and the Chinese-born Kwan Li, along with its representation of a different history and a different reality: mid-nineteenth century China and the “World of Yin” (p. 3). These differences mark something of a departure from the matrilineal narrative, and with this departure comes a realistic and, at times, semi-…

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Adams, Bella. "The Hundred Secret Senses". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2003
[, accessed 29 November 2015.]

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