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The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan

Paperback

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Digital Audiobook (11/4/2013)
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Hardcover (11/5/2013)
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MP3 CD (4/1/2014)
MP3 CD (11/5/2013)
Compact Disc (11/5/2013)
Compact Disc (11/5/2013)
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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
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Description

New York Times bestseller The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity--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.



Praise For The Valley of Amazement

“Here are strong women struggling to survive all that life has thrown at them, created by a writer skilled at evoking the roil of emotions and made exploits they experience when they follow their hearts.”
New York Times Book Review

“[A] novel that grabs your soul.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“This utterly engrossing novel is highly recommended to all readers who appreciate an author’s ability to transport them to a new world they will not forget. As a plus, this reviewer sensed the harbinger of a sequel by the last page.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Tan is a skilled storyteller. . . A satisfyingly complete, expertly paced yarn.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Tan’s prodigious, sumptuously descriptive, historically grounded, sexually candid, and elaborately plotted novel counters violence, exploitation, betrayal, and tragic cultural divides with beauty, wit, and transcendent friendship between women.”
Booklist (starred review)

The author of The Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses can deliver a sweeping family saga like nobody else.”
— Newsday (Fall Preview)

“Amy Tan is one of our blackest-belted scriveners, and this is her masterwork.”
— Mary Karr, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Liars' Club, Cherry, and Lit

Fans of Tan’s previous works (including The Joy Luck Club) will rejoice when they get their hands on this book.
— Real Simple

“[THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT is] akin to her earlier work, yet more sophisticated, and a fine reminder that Amy Tan is herself a master of illusion, and one of the best storytellers around.”
— NPR

“It’s been a long eight years since Amy Tan’s last novel, but THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT proves that good things--breathtaking things--come to those who wait. [...] It’s wonderful to be back in Amy’s magical and amazing world.”
— Lisa See, author of international bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls

Ecco, 9780062107329, 608pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2014



About the Author

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into a PBS television series. Tan was also a coproducer and coscreenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.