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The Valley of Amazement Audiobook

The Valley of Amazement

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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

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.

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.

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. Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement transports listeners 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.

©2013 Amy Tan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    JB Rochester,NY 01-18-17
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    Ava 01-16-17
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    I love it, very strong writing, easy to fall under its spell and a more than wonderful plot that tugs on your heartstrings.

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    Meisha Selby Lemoore, CA USA 01-14-17
    Meisha Selby Lemoore, CA USA 01-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but drawn-out, meh on narration"

    I liked the story itself, but its predictable conclusion was unnecessarily drawn-out through monotonous over-telling.

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    LovLaLa 01-13-17
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    I really like the story. It was interesting and unique and I could vividly see the book play out before me. It had funny and heart-wrenching sad moments and a very satisfying ending. I sent the book to a friend who I knew would also enjoy it.

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    Johnny L. Granquist 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    I enjoyed the information about the Chinese culture, but it was very redundant and I was glad to get to the end. I just kept wondering how many more bad decisions these women could make. I understood that they had very little choice, but they kept taking the worst path.

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    K. FRENCH 01-08-17
    K. FRENCH 01-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    Not up to her usual standard. Chapter 6 should be removed - too much information. Repetitious in places. I was relieved when I finished it. Disappointed.

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    BABS ZURCHER MESA, AZ, US 01-02-17
    BABS ZURCHER MESA, AZ, US 01-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Subpar for Amy Tan"

    I always enjoy Amy Tan books but I found this one rather repetitious , characters were not fully developed. Im all I was a little disappointed.

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    Angela 12-21-16
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    "not Amy Tan's best, but still enjoyable"

    if you're a fan of stories like Vanity Fair, give this a go. long, meandering, but beautiful language

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    Peter and Katherine 12-02-16 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    Although the story is interesting it seems directionless. It concludes in a satisfactory way but it also seemed like there were many concepts that were emphasised but never fully developed and they don't make sense once you reach the end as to why they were there in the first place and focused on so much. The story's mood and focal point seem to shift throughout the book, making it seem like the author did not have a clear idea of what she was going to write when she began and then perhaps wrote several different stories and then mashed them together into one book and the umbrella of a single character and her mother. The narration is a bit annoying. The accents are terrible and the speech varies between whining and slow as if the character are brain damaged. I did enjoy the book but also found it deeply flawed from both a story and narration perspective.

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    Amazon Customer Alabama 11-28-16
    Amazon Customer Alabama 11-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    Amy Tan has done it again. I loved it. A real tearjerker, a smile maker.

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