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Amy Tan's novel explores the world of Shanghai courtesans

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures. In her 2013 novel, "The Valley of Amazement," she does it again. Tan joins Charity Nebbe to talk about the origins of the novel, the photo that inspired it and writing her very first sex scenes.

This episode was originally produced in October 2013.


  • Amy Tan, author, "The Valley of Amazement"
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River