Thousand Pieces of Gold

Thousand Pieces of Gold

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Author/Contributor(s): Lum McCunn, Ruthanne
Publisher: Beacon Press
Date: 07/21/2015
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
The extraordinary biographical novel about a Chinese-American woman who fought for independence and dignity in the American West--"an important contribution to the history of pioneer women" (Ms. Magazine)

Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold"--yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game.

With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Thousand Pieces of Gold is a classic of biographical historical fiction that stars an unforgettable Chinese-American heroine whose struggles put a human face on the anti-immigration policies of the past and present.