"The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan -- A Book Review

The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan

So, I'm a huge Amy Tan fan, and I have been looking forward to this since it first got released. And I know, I know, usually when you look forward to a book, that's exactly when it disappoints you. Surprisingly, this one didn't! It was amazing. It covers a topic that Tan covers in most, if not all of her novels, the mother-daughter relationship and how the events that shape both the lives of the mother and daughter, both apart and together, influence it. Naturally, the book covers a good portion of their lives, including their personal and romantic relationships, i.e., from good one to bad ones to worse ones. There were a few things I didn't like but that was more so due to the characters than the actual writing. I didn't like how the mother, Lulu/Lucretia, who is white, viewed the father, who is Chinese,  Lu Shing, when they first met. She kept talking about him as her "emperor" and all of this other stuff; it just all kind of made me uncomfortable to be quite honest. I mean I suppose I understand why it was there in a way, but at the same time, it also made me really uncomfortable. So, for me, that's the only issue/flaw with it. Other than that, it was written well and I really liked it.