The valley of amazement /

by Tan, Amy [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]; ©2013Edition: First edition.Description: xiv, 589 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062107312 (hardcover) :; 0062107313 (hardcover).Title notes: $29.99 11-2013 (db)$29.99 11-2013BRA $29.99 (g) 7/3/2014Subject(s): Americans -- China -- Fiction | Art -- Fiction | Courtesans -- Fiction | Family secrets -- Fiction | Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction | Kidnapping -- Fiction | Mothers and daughters -- Fiction | Shanghai (China) -- Fiction | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction | Historical fictionSummary: Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.
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<p> New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan brings us her latest novel: 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</p> <p>Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West--until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.</p> <p>Back in 1897 San Francisco, Violet's mother, Lucia, chooses a disastrous course as a sixteen-year-old, when her infatuation with a Chinese painter compels her to leave her home for Shanghai. Shocked by her lover's adherence to Chinese traditions, she is unable to change him, despite her unending American ingenuity.</p> <p>Fueled by betrayals, both women refuse to submit to fate and societal expectations, persisting in their quests to recover what was taken from them: respect; a secure future; and, most poignantly, love from their parents, lovers, and children. To reclaim their lives, they take separate journeys--to a backwater hamlet in China, the wealthy environs of the Hudson River Valley, and, ultimately, the unknown areas of their hearts, where they discover what remains after their many failings to love and be loved.</p> <p>Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement transports readers from the collapse of China's last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. A deeply evocative narrative of the profound connections between mothers and daughters, imbued with Tan's characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.</p>

$29.99 11-2013 (db)

$29.99 11-2013

BRA $29.99 (g) 7/3/2014

Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

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Library Journal Review

Tan (The Joy Luck Club) is in familiar territory here as a mother and daughter must battle others-and sometimes each other-to survive and prosper. The story starts in 1897, and the setting shifts between San Francisco and Shanghai. Lucia was born in America and has a daughter, Violet, with a Chinese man. Later, she becomes the owner of a high-end establishment in Shanghai that supplies courtesans to wealthy Easterners and Westerners. Violet is abandoned by her mother and becomes a courtesan herself, though her quest for love seems doomed. The overly detailed descriptions of everything from furniture to clothing to sex acts bogs down the story. Unfortunately, character development is also poorly executed. The multiple narrators-Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, and Tan-skillfully present the characters as they age and their situations change. Verdict Those who favor in-depth description and international settings will particularly enjoy. ["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," read the more positive starred review of the Ecco: HarperCollins hc, LJ 8/13.]-Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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