The Valley of Amazement by: Amy Tan
Book club book! This book follows the life of a girl in a courtesan house in Shanghai in the early 1900s. It is pretty long and repetitive, however it draws you in because you just have to know if it will all end well!
This is not an overly happy book and it can be quite graphic. So definitely for a mature audience. It is not one that I would lightly recommend to people, but it isn’t necessarily a bad book. It is a book about women and deals with some strong issues (violence against women, lack of social mobility, mother-daughter relationships, male-female relationships, acceptance, powerlessness, etc.) which the environment of the courtesan house makes blindingly obvious. While not the best book ever, it is still an interesting read.