A new novel from Amy Tan is always cause for celebration, and The Valley of Amazement —her first novel in eight years—finds the beloved writer working at the peak of her powers. Tapping her signature concerns, including the confluence and clash between East and West, the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, and the destiny of strong women navigating a world mapped by men, Tan has fashioned a muscular, multi-generational novel set at the beginning of the last century, which moves between the circumscribed lives of Shanghai Courtesans, a remote mountain village in China, and the rough-and-tumble streets of San Francisco. This sweeping yet intimate story of family secrets and the legacy of past traumas evokes the themes Tan first introduced to readers in The Joy Luck Club.
A sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. The Valley of Amazement spans more than forty years and two continents, telling the story of the profound connections between mothers and daughters.