Beaumaris Books




When:      Wednesday 28th May 7.30pm

Where:     MALT CAFÉ,                  

                 23-25 South Concourse, Beaumaris 

Cost:        $50 includes admission, finger food and a copy of  ‘The Valley of Amazement’

Beverages at bar prices.       

**Phone credit card bookings accepted**

Phone: 9589 4638 E-mail:     

Bookings Essential



Shanghai, 1905. Violet Minturn is the wilful young daughter of the American mistress of the city’s most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution arrives in the city, she is separated from her mother and forced to become a “virgin courtesan.” Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet moves effortlessly between the cultural worlds of East and West, quickly becoming a shrewd businesswoman who deals in seduction and illusion.

Spanning fifty years and two continents, THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT resurrects lost worlds: from the

collapse of China’s imperial dynasty when foreign trade became the lifeblood of Shanghai, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement. It is also an evocative narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, which returns readers to the territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in THE JOY LUCK CLUB.

With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Amy Tan conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its

mysteries and senses, and its illusions and truths.



Born in the US to immigrant Chinese parents, Amy Tan is an internationally celebrated writer. Her novels are THE JOY LUCK CLUB, THE KITCHEN GOD'S WIFE, THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES, THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER, and SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING, all New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of a memoir, THE OPPOSITE OF FATE, and two children's books. Her work has been translated into 35 languages. Amy Tan has a master's degree in linguistics, and has worked as a language specialist concerned with children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.


Written by Andrew Martin — April 16, 2014