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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
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A painting called the 'Valley of Amazement' is passed along through three generations of women of the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of her mother. The story begins in San Francisco in the 1880s when Lucia Hoggs meets a young Chinese painter. She follows him to Shanghai but parts ways with him, and, out of necessity, becomes a courtesan. A decade later, Daisy, Lucia's twelve-year-old daughter by the painter, is separated from her mother who has boarded a boat sailing to San Francisco, and is sold into a brothel as a virgin courtesan. She rises to become one the 'Ten Beauties of Shanghai'. After her career declines, she marries and leaves Shanghai. But when a fire devastates the village and kills her husband seven years later, she is blamed, and banished to an alpine valley in Heaven Mountain, a once-holy place now said to be cursed. Fourteen years later and Daisy's daughter, Rose, has been adopted by a couple from the Hudson Valley in New York, and is now an American journalist. An old woman comes to her while she is staying Shanghai, claiming she was her mother Daisy's maid, and that she has safeguarded her mother's possessions and now wants to sell them to Rose. One item is a painting of the Valley of Amazement landscape. There is a second painting, that of an American woman. On the back is an inscription in English, 'For Miss Hoggs from Pei Lu Shing. Dark with excessive bright'. Ultimately, Rose will confront the truth that ties these three generations of women to each other ..
Cataloging source
NHUR
Dewey number
813/.6
Literary form
novels
The valley of amazement, Amy Tan
Label
The valley of amazement, Amy Tan
Publication
Copyright
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Half-Chinese, half-American 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. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father's identity, Violet's quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity. Spanning fifty years and two continents, this novel recreates lost worlds: from the moment China's imperial dynasty collapsed, to the erotic life behind the doors of a courtesan house. Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
xiv, 589 pages
Isbn
9780007468874
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Kotui multi-version record.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)857524093
  • (AuCNLKIN)000052053476

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