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Thousand Pieces of Gold Paperback - 2004 - 1st Edition

by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


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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

From the publisher

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, a Eurasian author, writes about the Chinese on both sides of the Pacific. Her award-winning books include The Moon Pearl, Wooden Fish Songs, and Sole Survivor. McCunn's work has been translated into nine languages and published in sixteen countries. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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  • Title Thousand Pieces of Gold
  • Author Ruthanne Lum McCunn
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Pages 349
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Beacon Press (MA), Boston
  • Date 2004-08-25
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780807083819 / 080708381X
  • Weight 0.84 lbs (0.38 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.06 x 5.44 x 0.78 in (20.47 x 13.82 x 1.98 cm)
  • Reading level 940
  • Library of Congress subjects Historical fiction, Biographical fiction
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2004047691
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

Media reviews

[A] story of struggle and survival as a woman-and slave-in China and the American West . . . Fast-paced and entertaining-packed with adventure, drama, and inspiration. --Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, San Francisco Chronicle

"From Shanghai to San Francisco, Lalu Nathoy's courageous journey is an important contribution to the history of pioneer women."--Ms. Magazine

"This biographical novel has plenty of suspense and a strong story line. Reading it is a liberal education in one phase of pioneer life in the West."--Lucille McDonald, Seattle Times

"A valuable book that gives Chinese Americans another true heroine."--Maxine Hong Kingston

"Ruthanne Lum McCunn has woven an enthralling work of fiction from the true-life story of Lalu Nathoy."--Elena Brunet, Los Angeles Times

About the author

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, a Eurasian author, writes about the Chinese on both sides of the Pacific. Her award-winning books include "The Moon Pearl, Wooden Fish Songs, " and "Sole Survivor." McCunn's work has been translated into nine languages and published in sixteen countries. She lives in San Francisco, California.
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