Thousand Pieces of Gold
A reissue of the classic biographical novel that has sold more than 200,000 copies
Lalu Nathoy’s father calls 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. She is sold first to a brothel, then to a slave merchant bound for America. In a new country, she is given the name Polly and eventually auctioned to a saloonkeeper. When admirer Charlie Bemis wins her in a poker game, he frees her from her enslavement and eventually proposes marriage. The two live out their days on a bountiful farm, a homestead called Polly’s Place in Salmon Canyon, Idaho.
This masterfully told biographical novel is the true story of an extraordinary woman’s successful fight for independence and respect in the early American West.
“Lalu comes to life and transfixes the reader with her story of struggle and survival . . . Lalu/Polly was a remarkable pioneer woman—a new heroine of the American West—and we can thank McCunn for bringing her to life in such a moving and inspirational way.” —Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, San Francisco Chronicle
“A valuable book that gives Chinese Americans another true heroine.” —Maxine Hong Kingston
“Lalu Nathoy’s courageous journey is an important contribution to the history of pioneer women.” —Ms. Magazine
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Review: Thousand Pieces of Gold (Bluestreak)User Review - Signe - Goodreads
hmmmm...... i'll add to this review later, but basically this book is wonderful and horrible at the same time. i don't particularly like the earlier part of the book because of all the rape and prostitutes and stuff.... i just can't stomach it....... Read full review
Review: Thousand Pieces of GoldUser Review - Darla - Goodreads
I understand this book has been made into a movie. It is the story of a woman born in China and sent to American where she thought she was to be a bride. She overcomes poverty, footbinding, and ... Read full review