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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
November 5

Customer Reviews

Reader-of-books ,

The Valley of Amazement

Good read. There were many peaks and valleys of anticipation and details. I liked this as it created natural breaks from reading. As a mother of two daughters I enjoyed the mother daughter relationship from the two perspectives.

Ephemera Danica ,

A challenging read

This is a book that is so far removed from my normal reading material that I wonder why I ever started it. Having started however, I found it to be a compulsive read although at times it labored. But where I would typically abandon a book that was not holding my interest, I found I could not put this one down and forced myself to traverse those sections that labored. Tracing the lives of three generations of women, the depths of emotion that was created and the quality of the writing makes the book quite exceptional.

Valley of Amazement ,

The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan has written an amazing story which grabbed my heart from the first page to the very last. The mother daughter plot lines are wonderful. The places about which she writes in China come alive with the author's descriptions. I have read all of Amy Tan's books and loved them all. This one is every bit as good as her prior novels, if not better.

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