Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public
Join Book Passage as we welcome renowned novelist Amy Tan for an evening of reading, discussion, and signing as part of our 2013 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. Her bestselling books include The Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish From Drowning, and the forthcoming The Valley of Amazement:
Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal moments of the past: the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty; the beginning of the Republic; the explosive growth of both lucrative foreign trade and bouts of antiforeign sentiment, which would have ramifications into the future. The lost world of old Shanghai is recaptured through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. This deeply evocative narrative exposes the profound connections between mothers and daughters, which returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.
"...utterly engrossing..." - Edward Cone, Advanced Library Journal Reviews
"This was the kind of book I couldn't put down but was scared of finishing..." - Good Choice Reading
Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged fourteen-year-old 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