It's been six years since Amy Tan released her most recent book, Saving Fish from Drowning (which BookPage described as a "gorgeously written, satirical and deeply humane novel"), and I have a feeling that her fans are itching for something new.

If that's the case, then good news! Tan has sold a novel to HarperCollins called The Valley of Amazement. Here's what she has to say about it:

[It's] a story about 1890-1940 San Francisco, Shanghai and the valley in-between . . . A painting called the 'Valley of Amazement' is passed along through three generations of women of the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers.

Ever since The Joy Luck Club, readers have comes to love Tan's stories about the Chinese-American experience, family history and the relationships between women (especially mother-daughter relationships).

I don't have any word on the publication date of The Valley of Amazement, but I'll keep you posted.  As of February 2013, the book is scheduled for release on October 24, 2013! Are you looking forward to this novel?

Also in BookPage: Read an interview with Tan about The Opposite of Fate; read a handwritten Q&A on and a review about The Bonesetter's Daughter; read about Saving Fish from Drowning.

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