The Valley of Amazement (Paperback)

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By Amy Tan
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Now in paperback!! Amy Tan does a wonderful job of taking you to all the fantastic places in her books. This one is the story of Violet, a young girl exposed to the courtesan world at a early age and Magic Gourd, a courtesan. They form a bound tighter than sisterhood. They cross many mountains and many years, before the story comes full circle. Valley of Amazement is so moving and beautifully written.

— From Chris's Picks

November 2013 Indie Next List

“Tan's newest novel is utterly engrossing. Spanning more than four decades and two continents, this tale transports readers from Shanghai to San Francisco as it reveals the lives of two women, Lucia and Violet, an American courtesan mother and her half-Chinese daughter. The story details their attempt to undo their past, leading to forgiveness and bringing about redemption. The final pages signal the possibility of a sequel that would be welcome, indeed!”
— Carol Hicks, Bookshelf, Truckee, CA


Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women's intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China's last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign "Shanghailanders" living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters, The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062107329
ISBN-10: 0062107321
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Pages: 608
Language: English