The Valley of Amazement 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… The Valley of Amazement 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… 2013-11-05 Fiction Ecco Press
Book Review

The Valley Of Amazement (2013)

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

Details Release Date: Nov 05, 2013; Writer: Amy Tan; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

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+

Originally posted Oct 30, 2013 Published in issue #1284 Nov 08, 2013 Order article reprints