The Valley of Amazement


Author: Amy Tan

9780007507429 | PB | pp. 590+xiv | 2014 | Fourth Estate

The Valley of Amazement tells the tale of young Violet, and follows her adventures as a gullible, selfish courtesan. A story of love, illusion, betrayal, abandonment, and redemption.

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In turn-of-the-century Shanghai, Violet Minturn is raised by her American mother, the mistress of the city’s most renowned courtesan house. When the revolution comes, a cruel deception forces Violet to become a virgin courtesan.

The Valley of Amazement is the story of three women, bound by blood and betrayal. But, as she struggles to understand her heritage, it is Violet’s determination to forge her own destiny that propels this bittersweet tale of family secrets, changing identities and lost love.

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Amy Tan




Fourth Estate





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About the Author

The author was born in the US to immigrant parents from China. She failed her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She settled on writing fiction. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter,Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers and the recipient of various awards. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. She served as co-producer and co-screenwriter with Ron Bass for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club. She appeared as herself in the animated series The Simpsons. Ms Tan has lectured internationally at universities, including Stanford, Oxford, Jagellonium, Beijing and Georgetown.She also serves as the Literary Editor for the Los Angeles Times magazine, West. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages, from Spanish, French, and Finnish to Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew.


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