Saving Fish From Drowning

Author(s): Amy Tan


The highly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of 'The Joy Luck Club' and 'The Bonesetter's Daughter'. On an ill-fated art expedition of the Southern Shan State in Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas morning tour - and disappear. Through the twists of fate, curses and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the Burma jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime. Filled with Amy Tan's signature 'idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery' (Los Angeles Times), 'Saving Fish from Drowning' seduces the reader with a facade of Buddhist illusions, magical tricks and light comedy, even as the absurd and picaresque spiral into a gripping morality tale about the consequences of intentions - both good and bad - and of the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others.


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'An exciting, funny and thought-provoking story!a masterful novel.' The Telegraph 'One can only admire Amy Tan for striking out into unchartered artistic lands.' Sarah Churchwell, Times Literary Supplement 'Sparkling!a very funny book.' Metro 'Tan's compelling portrait of a drowning humanity, pain seeks us out in our hiding places, however far we would run.' Anita Sethi, Observer Praise for 'The Kitchen God's Wife': 'In this remarkable book Tan manages to illuminate the nobility of friendship and the necessity of humour. Give yourself over to the world she creates.' New York Times 'Once again this wonderful novel has extended experience. There is something dizzyingly elemental about Tan's storytelling; it melds the rich simplicities of fairytales with a delicate lyrical style.' Sunday Times 'Tan is a prodigal with her talent. She weaves a dazzling web of unfamiliar colours, smells, tastes and landscapes.' Sunday Telegraph 'Amy Tan writes with passion and humour, making East and West mutually more comprehensible.' Daily Mail Praise for 'The Bonesetter's Daughter': 'Compelling!exotic lands and the past lend themselves to poetry. Tan turns the familiar but harrowing accounts of pre-Communist Chinese women into a romantic and intriguing tale. LuLing is a classic Tan character, a resilient survivor who, like Olivia in "The Hundred Secret Senses", betrays someone close to her with dire consequences.' Times Literary Supplement 'A classic [told with] originality and humourt!this is a delicious page-turner that keeps you guessing, laughing and crying until the end.' Sunday Express

Amy Tan is the author of 'The Joy Luck Club', 'The Kitchen God's Wife', 'The Hundred Secret Senses', 'The Bonesetter's Daughter', 'The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life', and two children's books, 'The Moon Lady' and 'The Chinese Siamese Cat'. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of 'The Joy Luck Club', and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-six languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

General Fields

  • : 9780007216161
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : HarperPerennial
  • : August 2006
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Amy Tan
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.54
  • : 496