Tuesday, October 15, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Valley of Amazement; Amy Tan


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?

Nov 5, 2013-Ecco (Harper Collins)

Chapter 1 - Hidden Jade Path
Shanghai 1905-1907
Violet

"When I was seven, I knew exactly who I was: a thoroughly American girl in race, manners, and speech, whose mother, Lulu Minturn, was the only white woman who owned, a first-class courtesan house in Shanghai.

My mother named me Violet after a tiny flower she loved as a girl growing up in San Francisco, a city I have seen only in postcards.  I grew to hate my name  The courtesans pronounced it like the Shanghainese word vyau-la ---what you said when you wanted to get rid of something. Vyau-la! Vyau-la! greeted me everywhere."
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What do you think? Would you keep reading? Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below.

26 comments:

  1. I've been hearing good things about this book and I love Amy Tan, but your opening cinches it for me. I have to read on.

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  2. I love Amy Tan too. I'd read whatever she wrote.

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  3. I don't even need to read your selection as I already know I will be reading this book! I love Amy Tan!

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  4. It sounds like we all love Amy Tan's writing. I'm enjoying our narrator.

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  5. Not usually something I would read, but you have my interest.

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  6. I haven't read Amy Tan in the past, but her books are on my list. I would read on.

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  7. This novel from the wonderful Amy Tan is on my TBR list. Hope you enjoy it!

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  8. I love Amy Tan, so I'd definitely continue. Enjoy!

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  9. I haven't read anything by Amy Tan since the Joy Luck Club....must catch up. I like the sound of this one.

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  10. The book does sound good and the comments encourage me to give it a try.

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  11. I'm so envious that you have Amy Tan's latest. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  12. It's been a long time since I read Amy Tan's books. I like the sound of this one and would keep reading. I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. I enjoyed Amy Tan's first book way back when and I've seen her on talk shows and she seems delightful. I would like to read this book further, so thanks for pointing it out.

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  14. Sorry, but the linky for some reason wants to say Burial Rites, which is an old post of mine, so please disregard that one and click on my lastest link to Noah's Rainy Day (tried to delete the first and it didn't work).

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  15. This sounds so good--and I love Amy Tan's work!

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  16. This is a book I really would like to read...

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  17. I've loved all of Amy Tan's books. I will look forward to your review. This is going on my Christmas list! :) -beth beth's book-nook blog

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  18. I would keep reading. I've always enjoyed this author.

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  19. Nope, that didn't do it for me.

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  20. I have never read a book by Amy Tan. Weird, I know. I love the name Violet, so I would probably keep going.

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    1. I LOVE this opening, and although I wasn't familiar with this book, it is now on my TBR list.

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  21. I've never read Amy Tan before. This beginning doesn't grab my attention right away, but if it got more interesting maybe...

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    1. Thanks for joining us, I wasn't able to comment on your site, but appreciate you joining us.

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  22. I enjoyed The Joy Luck Club so I am very interested in Tan's new book. I definitely would keep on reading!

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  23. Not the catchiest first paragraph but I'd read the book regardless. Amy Tan is a favorite of mine. I'm almost positive it will be good!

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  24. Yes! I love Amy Tan and it's been so long since I've read her. This sounds too good to pass up.

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