Stephan Lee
November 05, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

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+

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