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The Valley of Amazement

By Amy Tan

The Valley of Amazement
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2013,
    608 pages.
    Paperback: 15 Jul 2014,
    448 pages.

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Set on two continents and spanning multiple decades, Amy Tan's immensely readable multi-generational saga revisits her signature theme of the complexity of mother-daughter relationships.

"Mirror, Mirror on the wall
I am my mother after all!"


In my pre-retirement days as a professor of women's studies, I made this the official mantra of a class I periodically taught called "Mothers and Daughters." Honesty compels me to admit that I did not think this up myself. I borrowed it from a poster or a T-shirt I came across in a catalog somewhere. And how true this saying is! For better or worse, the mother-daughter relationship is pivotal in a woman's life, and often when we least expect it, we find ourselves saying or doing something learned from our mothers that we swore we never would.

It is a theme that resonates not only through our life experiences, but in many a contemporary novel, including the work of Amy Tan. The mother-daughter relationship is a primary theme in the now classic The Joy Luck Club and continues through the majority of her subsequent books. The ...

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