Serendipity and innovative collaboration turned The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan's best-selling novel, into a pioneering opera, which debuts in 2008 at the San Francisco Opera before touring the world. In their own words, captured by Ken Smith, Amy Tan and composer Stewart Wallace provide an intimate view into their creative process and describe an incredible journey that took them to China for inspiration. Featuring the full libretto written by Amy, and the team's travel photographs and hand-written notes, this book celebrates a unique artistic achievement and a voyage full of lucky meetings, chance discoveries -- and incredible, undeniable fate.
Stewart Wallace is a composer of operas, concert works, ballets, and film scores. His work includes the operas Harvey Milk and Hopper's Wife. He lives in New York City
Ken Smith is a Hong Kong-based journalist whose writing has appeared in the Financial Times and Gramophone, among other publications.