The Valley of Amazement Intl

The Valley of Amazement Intl

3.6 (33,000 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$18.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Moving between the glittering world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of 19th century San Francisco, Amy Tans sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history - and the mystery of an evocative painting known as The Valley of Amazement. Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any mans fantasy since her start as a Virgin Courtesan at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the east and the west. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her fathers identity, Violets quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity - and the loss of her own daughter. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghais most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violets daughter, and will undo all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.
Spanning fifty years and two continents, "The Valley of Amazement" sweeps the reader along a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacies of traumas, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, returning readers to the compelling territory Tan so expertly mapped in "The Joy Luck Club". With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 32mm | 659.99g
  • Ecco Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062230190
  • 9780062230195
  • 143,973

About Amy Tan

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, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
show more

Rating details

33,000 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 21% (7,083)
4 36% (11,774)
3 28% (9,375)
2 10% (3,429)
1 4% (1,339)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X