By Stephan Lee
Updated June 27, 2013 at 03:19 PM EDT
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The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan’s first novel in eight years, is one of the most anticipated novels this fall. Ahead of its Nov. 5 release, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, has announced Tan’s next two books, which will be coming in relatively quick succession. An as-yet untitled collection of essays is slated for Fall 2014, and a new novel, The Memory of Desire, will be released Fall 2016.

Tan described the upcoming books in a press release. “In a few months, I’ll finish the first, as yet untitled collection of personal essays on writing and the way my mind works – why I write, what I think about, what I wonder over, and the way my imagination gets released,” she said. “The second book is a novel called The Memory of Desire, about a house in San Francisco and the battle for ownership among three families over the last seventy-five years. The narrator is an octogenarian who has had a stroke and finds she can speak only Chinese, the once-forgotten language of her childhood. She can now recall what she heard long ago, the source of the feud, and the reason her memory of it was removed. It’s a story about motives, passion, and inherited desire.”

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