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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