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Amy Tan Turns To Family In ‘Amazement’

Author Amy Tan on her latest – family history and the courtesan life of Old Shanghai.

Author Amy Tan. Her newest novel, out this month, is "The Valley Of Amazement." (Rick Smolan)

Author Amy Tan. Her newest novel, out this month, is “The Valley Of Amazement.” (Rick Smolan)

Novelist Amy Tan broke open the world of Chinese immigrant family stories and mother-daughter history with “The Joy Luck Club” in 1989.  She’s worked that field ever since, going deep on the secrets and threads that shape a family’s trail across two cultures.  This time out she plunges into the courtesan world of old Shanghai.  Sex and ritual and business between traditional Chinese society and a looming West.  “Fifty Shades of Tan,” she’s called it.  But it’s still about family hopes and dreams and bitter realities.  Up next On Point:  Amy Tan and “The Valley of Amazement.”

– Tom Ashbrook

Guest

Amy Tan, author of the new novel, “The Valley Of Amazement.” Also author of “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Kitchen God’s Wife,” “The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” “Saving Fish From Drowning,” and “The Hundred Secret Senses.” (@AmyTan)

From Tom’s Reading List

Read An Excerpt From “The Valley Of Amazement” By Amy Tan

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  • northeaster17

    I’ve not read any of her books. But I have listened to several of them. Found them fascinating. I’ll read this one. Does she still sing in the band?

  • Jim

    I still remember Amy Tan from the Joy Luck club. i have not been reading books for a while due to family commitments, but i still remember the book vividly… partially due to the movie as well. i still can’t believe the inferior Oscar committee, a political charged mafia, did not even give this movie a single Oscar,… a pure injustice.

  • ToyYoda

    Secrets! Secrets! Secrets! What is up with the Chinese and their secrets?

    My college roommate was Chinese and he hated Amy Tan, because she would write about her family secrets. He said that is a terrible no-no.

    My ex girlfriend was shocked to find in her early 20′s that her dad had a mistress, started a family with her mistress, and that both her mom and dad had kept it secret for year… even from their kids!

    This makes me wonder, is Amy really *sure* that her grandmother isn’t a courtesan?

    • fun bobby

      we are all ashamed you went

  • tncanoeguy

    Did Tom just say the F word?

  • M S

    Unfortunately, Amy Tan conveniently leaves out the rule of law when it comes to illegal immigrants.

  • fun bobby

    up next on npr Amy Tan’s grocery list

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