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The Valley of Amazement [compact Disc]

By Amy Tan

New York Times bestselling 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.

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Nonmusical Sound Recording

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ISBN

9781423322399


Format: Nonmusical Sound Recording
Author: Tan, Amy
Summary: Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a 'Virgin Courtesan' at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world.
Title: The valley of amazement [compact disc] / Amy Tan.
Publisher Date: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2013.
Subject: Americans -- China -- Fiction Art -- Fiction. Courtesans -- Fiction. Family secrets -- Fiction Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction Kidnapping -- Fiction Mothers and daughters -- Fiction Shanghai (China) -- Fiction San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction
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Isbn: 9781423322399
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: F Tan
Oclc: 854900312
Upc: 9781423322399
Bib Id: 454999

Format: Nonmusical Sound Recording
Author: Tan, Amy
Summary: Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a 'Virgin Courtesan' at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world.
Title: The valley of amazement [compact disc] / Amy Tan.
Edition: Unabridged.
Publisher, Date: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2013.
Description: 21 sound discs (25 hr., 26 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Series: Brilliance Audio on compact disc
Series: Brilliance Audio on compact disc
Subjects: Americans -- China -- Fiction
Subjects: Art -- Fiction.
Subjects: Courtesans -- Fiction.
Subjects: Family secrets -- Fiction
Subjects: Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
Subjects: Kidnapping -- Fiction
Subjects: Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
Subjects: Shanghai (China) -- Fiction
Subjects: San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction
Genre: Audiobooks
Genre: Historical fiction.
Other Author: Wu, Nancy
Other Author: Bean, Joyce
Notes: Title from container.
Notes: Compact disc.
Notes: Duration: 25:26:00.
Notes: Read by Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, and the author.
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ISBN: 9781423322399
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: F Tan
Medium: [compact disc]