The Hundred Secret Senses is a seminal work of Chinese-American literature. It was written by Amy Tan (who is known for working in this genre) and published in 1995. Specifically, the novel concerns the relationship between Chinese-American Olivia, who is the book's primary narrator, and her Chinese sister Kwan. This relationship allows exploration of both the Chinese experience and the Chinese-American experience, and highlights the differences and similarities between the two ways of life.
The similarities and differences of the two sisters, and the way in which they manage to forge a connection, serves as a larger examination of the way in which people in general forge connections. These two dynamics working together create a book that is both about people of Chinese ethnicity and about all human beings. The book ends with the sisters much closer than they previously where.