THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT
In her first book in seven years, Tan delves into the lives of three women struggling with love, independence and identity. The sweeping narrative is held together by a painting known as “The Valley of Amazement,” and rife with lush descriptions and poetic narrative. Tan’s beautiful, seamless prose presents fans with a true sense of time and place, catching them up in the heartbreak- ing tragedy of the plot. Some may see contrivances and predictability while others will be compelled to keep turning the pages. Tan’s creativity is always a force, and in this epic tale her ability to captivate shines.