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What the critics thought of The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, The Letters of John F Kennedy edited by Martin W Sandler, A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston

"The Valley of Amazement doesn't waste any time. The long opening sentence leads us quickly into the only high-class courtesan house in Shanghai run by a white woman, where innumerable complications soon arise. Amy Tan maintains the pace skilfully as we follow the story of three generations of women, spanning the transition from dynastic rule to the early 20th century and travelling from Shanghai to San Francisco and on to a remote village deep in the mountains of China." Krys Lee in the Ft welcomed Tan's sixth novel, and pointed out that although the author has been "accused of exoticising her Asian roots, particularly by Asian readers", and although The Valley of Amazement "can indeed be seen as romanticising cliches »

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