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Amy Tan continues exploring mother-daughter relationships and inherited trauma in the stories of Shanghai courtesans

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across cultures. In this episode of the Talk of Iowa Book Club she talks with Charity Nebbe about her 2013 novel, "The Valley of Amazement," the photo that inspired it and writing her very first sex scenes.


  • Amy Tan, author of "The Valley of Amazement," as well as "The Joy Luck Club" and other books
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa