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The valley of amazement, Amy Tan

Label
The valley of amazement
Title
The valley of amazement
Statement of responsibility
Amy Tan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a 'Virgin Courtesan' at the age of twelve, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her. Violet 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, she 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, this novel transports readers 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
Summary
Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2013
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10221835
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Tan, Amy
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Americans
  • Art
  • Courtesans
  • Family secrets
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Kidnapping
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Americans
  • Art
  • Courtesans
  • Family secrets
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Kidnapping
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Shanghai (China)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • California
  • China
  • China
Target audience
adult
Label
The valley of amazement, Amy Tan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes reading group guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1473656
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Ecco paperback edition.
Extent
xiv, 589 pages
Isbn
9780062107329
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062107329
  • (OCoLC)861212717
Label
The valley of amazement, Amy Tan
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes reading group guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1473656
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Ecco paperback edition.
Extent
xiv, 589 pages
Isbn
9780062107329
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062107329
  • (OCoLC)861212717

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