The Hundred Secret Senses - Amy Tan

The Hundred Secret Senses

By Amy Tan

  • Release Date: 1995-10-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 152 Ratings


The Hundred Secret Senses is an exultant novel about China and America, love and loyalty, the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way. Olivia Laguni is half-Chinese, but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family. And no one in Olivia's family is more embarrassing to her than her half-sister, Kwan Li. For Kwan speaks mangled English, is cheerfully deaf to Olivia's sarcasm, and sees the dead with her "yin eyes."

Even as Olivia details the particulars of her decades-long grudge against her sister (who, among other things, is a source of infuriatingly good advice), Kwan Li is telling her own story, one that sweeps us into the splendor, squalor, and violence of Manchu China. And out of the friction between her narrators, Amy Tan creates a work that illuminates both the present and the past sweetly, sadly, hilariously, with searing and vivid prose.

"Truly magical...unforgettable...this novel...shimmer[s] with meaning."--San Diego Tribune

"The Hundred Secret Senses doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations."--Newsweek


  • A hundred secret senses

    By Basira2
    Much of the story was fascinating but the protagonist, Olivia, was such an unlikable character that I had to put the book down multiple times. In the beginning I didn't think I'd get through it, but am glad I stuck it out. Also, I think a better title would have been The Girl with Yin Eyes.
  • Amazing and moving book

    By Hansheng88
    This book brought back so many memories as well as heart warming feeling with the ups and downs the heroin faces as she tries to uncover her mother's past.