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The Valley Of Amazement

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PEAKS AND LOWS Author Amy Tan's latest novel is high on action and low on displaying her usual narrative gifts

The Valley of Amazement

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Amy Tan
publisher:
Ecco Press
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Memoirs of a Geisha Part 2, anyone? Separated from her white mother and dumped in a Shanghai brothel, half-Chinese Violet Minturn is forced to master the art of wooing powerful men while clinging fiercely to her identity, which turns out to be more complicated than she imagined. Tan isn’t quite at the height of her storytelling powers here, but she still sweeps you up in the wildly changing fortunes of a whip-smart courtesan. B+