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Author Amy Tan said she felt suicidal during the 1993 premiere of the film adaptation of her highly successful first novel, "The Joy Luck Club."

"I wanted to jump off the roof," Tan tells Time magazine in the current issue that hits newsstands today.

Soon after that, Tan learned she was suffering from depression and reluctantly began taking antidepressants.

"I think it's just always going to be there," Tan said. "Part of it is having had a suicidal mother and maybe the things that have happened in my life."

Her mother, Daisy Tan, died in 1999 of complications stemming from Alzheimer's disease. Tan says her mother once held a knife to her neck, threatening to kill her and then herself.

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