Nov 15, 2013 — Debuting at No. 2, Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement looks into the lives of courtesans in Shanghai.
Nov 9, 2013 — Amy Tan's fans will find familiar themes in her new novel, The Valley of Amazement: mothers and daughters, multi-generational secrets, Chinese-American identity. But Jane Ciabattari says the new work, which centers on an American madam in Shanghai and her courtesan daughter, is more sophisticated than Tan's previous novels.
Nov 4, 2013 — Speculation about her grandmother's life in China in the early 1900s provided Tan inspiration for her latest novel, out Tuesday. Valley is an opus that covers half of a tumultuous century, ranges across two continents and involves love, deceit, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption.
Jul 5, 2013 — Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai, explores the dynamic tumult of that city. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that Aw, with gentle compassion and keen understanding, shows his characters succumb to the lure of a city where everything seems possible.
May 9, 2012 — A Chinese poet-turned-detective investigates a slaying seemingly linked to industrial dumping. Don't Cry, Tai Lake is the politically charged seventh novel in Chinese expatriate Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen series.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 21, 2009 — Author J.G. Ballard died April 19 from cancer. The science fiction writer produced more than 20 novels and short story collections, including Empire of the Sun and Love & Napalm: U.S.A. Fresh Air remembers Ballard with an archival interview.
Sep 29, 2006 — Qiu Xiaolong's English-language detective stories track Shanghai's transformation into a modern metropolis and how ordinary citizens are struggling to cope with the rapid pace of change.
Oct 27, 2005 — "I am a bookseller, and I recommend this one to everyone looking for a really good read," writes listener Jean of this novel about family history.