Critical Insights: Amy Tan Reviews

"This is the first book-length addition to the critical literature on author Amy Tan’s literary work in more than a decade. Building on such earlier analyses as Mary Ellen Snodgrass’s Amy Tan: A Literary Companion (CH, Jun'05, 42-5736) and F. D. Huntley's Amy Tan: A Critical Companion (CH, Jan'99, 36-2619), West (Bellarmine Univ.) and Moser (Missouri State Univ.) incorporate both contextual essays and critical analyses, taking care to maintain a broad scope in this exploration of Tan’s varied oeuvre. Tan’s explorations of mother-daughter relationships, a significant recurring theme in her writing, are contextualized and analyzed in several of the essays. Of particular interest are the varied lenses the essayists deploy, for example, critical feminist and postcolonial theory, Foucauldian analysis, and sociolinguistics. A biographical essay, a brief chronology of Tan’s life, a list of Tan’s works, and a bibliography are also included. This collection provides a thorough introduction to Tan's work and critical readings of it.

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers." -CHOICE, December 2022