From the Publisher
"Good Time Girls is an important and entertaining addition to gold rush literature. These women are as important a part of the Klondike story as Big Alex and Swiftwater Bill. After all, they too were gold diggers."
--Klondike historian Pierre Berton
"One of the 10 best non-fiction books of 1998."
"...Fascinating reading...the abundant, luscious photographs of these amazing women, the 'cribs' from which they worked, their customers, their lovers, and the frontier towns they helped to pioneer are themselves worth the price of the book."
--Linda Jaivin, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times - Linda Jaivin
"...Fascinating reading... the abundant, luscious photographs of these amazing women, the 'cribs' from which they worked, their customers, their lovers, and the frontier towns they helped to pioneer are themselves worth the price of the book."
Peninsula Clarion - Nancy Brown
"If you come to Morgan's book with fictional stereotypes, you won't keep them long when you read about the real women. True tales about Mae Field, Corrine B. Gray, Edith Neile, and the women who first braved the trails are grittier than any fictional account."
Spokesman-Review - Susan English
"Just check your moral judgments at the door and settle in for an evening of wild reading."
Read an Excerpt
Throughout my research, I've looked for patterns and found surprisingly few. Perhaps because so many of these ladies of the evening were "amateurs," their backgrounds and dreams mirrored those of respectable women of that post-Victorian era. However, one thing that the pioneering good time girls of the Far North did have in common was that all of them had to have vast courage and stamina. They often labored harder, under more unpleasant circumstance, than their respectable sisters to help carve a civilized niche into unforgiving wilderness. And most were extraordinarily independent women, not only for their time but by today's standards as well.
Moralists tend to think of prostitutes as parasites on society, but that sterotype falls away in situations where men heavily outnumber women and are forced to share them, and where conditions are so difficult that all must fight to survive. Thus the pioneering whores of yore of the Far North were accorded unusual license and respect. And whatever their motives in entering the trade, they definitely earned both.