The Valley of Amazement Intl

The Valley of Amazement Intl

by Amy Tan
     
 

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
“[Tan] still sweeps you up in the wildly changing fortunes of a whip-smart courtesan.”
Miami Herald
“Tan hasn’t written a new novel in eight years but THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT was worth the wait.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Amy tan creates another stunning portrait of mothers and daughters.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Amy Tan’s new novel THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT is a long and luxurious read, offering riches on almost every page… Tan laces her story with colorful characters… a little comedy, enough tragedy, and plenty of passion and historical detail.”
Associated Press Staff
“Tan brings to life a world with which few are familiar. And it’s fascinating. Her descriptions of the countryside, of the houses, of the lifestyle and the customers are well-drawn and multi-layered. Her characters are brought to life as three-dimensional, complicated people.”
USA Today
“This is an Amy Tan novel, so its heart is the push-pull of mother-daughter relationships… The journey with Violet, her mother and her daughter is one of separate winding paths, each woman struggling to reach the light.”
NPR
“[THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT is] akin to her earlier work, yet more sophisticated, and a fine reminder that Amy Tan is herself a master of illusion, and one of the best storytellers around.”
New York Daily News
“[Tan is] an accomplished storyteller… the underlying appeal of this book is the weave she makes of the three generations of Minturn women…struggling to accept their fate and each other.”
Romantic Times
“Tan’s beautiful, seamless prose presents fans with a true sense of time and place, catching them up in the heartbreaking tragedy of the plot… Tan’s creativity is always a force, and in this epic tale her ability to captivate shines.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“In her new novel, Tan ditches her magic realist fugues and enters a brutal landscape of Shanghai courtesans, exploring it with new depths of tenderness and pain.”
Boston Globe
“She has created such an enticing portrait of Shanghai that she makes us nostalgic for a city we can never know.”
Financial Times
“[Tan] is a gifted storyteller… This is one writer’s particular idiom and vision of the world - and within that she offers us a rich cast of characters who both repel and compel.”
New York Times Book Review
“Here are strong women struggling to survive all that life has thrown at them, created by a writer skilled at evoking the roil of emotions and made exploits they experience when they follow their hearts.”
Seattle Times
“Tan has created a vivid work of literature, full of deftly drawn and colorful characters, exploring the idea that in a world of grief and cruelty, where a woman’s fate is not hers - or her mother’s - to determine, what she can keep is her self.”
Parade
“Amy Tan’s latest novel is an engrossing, multigenerational saga....grounded by Tan’s ability to bring tragically flawed characters and exotic locales to vivid life.”
International Examiner
“Those who have been waiting for Tan’s novel, her first in eight years, will not be disappointed.”
Mary Karr
“Amy Tan is one of our blackest-belted scriveners, and this is her masterwork.”
Lisa See
“It’s been a long eight years since Amy Tan’s last novel, but THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT proves that good things—breathtaking things—come to those who wait. [...] It’s wonderful to be back in Amy’s magical and amazing world.”
Real Simple
Fans of Tan’s previous works (including The Joy Luck Club) will rejoice when they get their hands on this book.
Booklist (starred review)
“Tan’s prodigious, sumptuously descriptive, historically grounded, sexually candid, and elaborately plotted novel counters violence, exploitation, betrayal, and tragic cultural divides with beauty, wit, and transcendent friendship between women.”
More magazine
“[Tan’s] fans will appreciate the book’s multigenerational narrative and compelling look at a society in which men held the power but women gave each other strength.”
Shelf Awareness
“A feast of a novel… Tan deftly draws the reader along as she explores the nature of identity, the joys and pitfalls of love, the ripple effects of the choices we make and the role of fate in our lives.”
People
“Fans will recognize signature Tan themes: mother-daughter relationships, clashes between cultures… threads of hmor and emotional insight make Violet’s struggle to survive, and ultimately forgive, a journey worth sharing.”
the Oprah Magazine O
“With THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT (Ecco), Amy Tan reaffirms her reputation as a master storyteller, creating intriguing settings, unforgettable characters, and twisty plotlines.”
San Francisco Book Review
“THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT is an engrossing read that effortlessly draws you in and captures both the sweet taste of acceptance and the bitter taste of disappointment and resentment with an almost painful accuracy… a compelling and emotional read.”
Bustle
“Vivid, compassionate, and expertly done… Tan has crafted characters so realistic they seem to breathe and a tense world that will keep readers on the edge of their seats for all 589 pages.”
Northwest Asian Weekly
“The deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters will return readers to the compelling territory of Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. Tan’s characteristic insight and humor conjures a story of “inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.”
Tampa Bay Times
“[THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT] combines vivid historical details and epic sweep across several decades and two continents with intimate portraits of flawed but engaging women whose resourcefulness and courage are sometimes astounding.”
O: the Oprah Magazine
“With THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT (Ecco), Amy Tan reaffirms her reputation as a master storyteller, creating intriguing settings, unforgettable characters, and twisty plotlines.”
Newsday (Fall Preview)
The author of The Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses can deliver a sweeping family saga like nobody else.”
Good Housekeeping (online)
“Fans who’ve waited eight years for a new novel by Tan (The Joy Luck Club) can look forward to a lengthy, decades-long soak in Violet’s sentimental and erotic education.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062349705
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/15/2014
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

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, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into a PBS television series. Tan was also a coproducer and coscreenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Francisco, California and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1952
Place of Birth:
Oakland, California
Education:
B.A., San Jose State University, 1973; M.A., 1974

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