Bartram Trail Book Club
In 1912, Violet is separated from her mother during the fall of the Ching dynasty and forced to become a “virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet struggles with her place in the world, but she eventually teaches herself to excel in both seduction and illusion. The novel also follows Violet’s mother, Lucia in the year 1897. Lucia chooses a difficult course at the age of sixteen when she chooses to leave her home for a Chinese painter in Shanghai. The Valley of Amazement spans forty years and two continents in an epic saga of two women’s intertwined fates and their search to find themselves. New members are always welcome.