Amy Tan's very first novel, The Joy Luck Club, made her name known around the world. Her successful novels, picture books, and essays captivate readers of all ages. Tan's success has not come easily, however. She first had to learn to embrace her Chinese heritage. And she had to deal with her stormy and trouble-filled childhood. But the author lives her life with enthusiasm and zest, and continues to write award-winning fiction for her many readers.