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Thousand Pieces of Gold
     

Thousand Pieces of Gold

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by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
 

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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. This biographical

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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. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

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“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

Anne Alexander
Lalu is a living, vital person from page one until her death…[She] emerges as a person of dignity, intelligence, devotion, even humor. Author McCunn has given me a friend I'll never forget.
— Anne Alexander,Peninsula Times Tribune
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
[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
Elena Brunet
Ruthanne Lum McCunn has woven an enthralling work of fiction from the true-life story of Lalu Nathoy.
— Elena Brunet,Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807083819
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Bluestreak Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Maxine Hong Kingston
A valuable book to give Chinese Americans another true heroine.

Meet 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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Thousand Pieces of Gold 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, I had to read it for school and ended up really enjoying it. It only took me about 5 days to finish it, I had a hard time putting it down. enjoy!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A heart warming story about a young girl's journey through a life of adversity. An easy and quick read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book randomly for a multi-cultural literature class. I'm so glad I did! This book held my focus and took me on the journey of heartache and success. A truly wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a class and i started it before I even started the class. It was great, I couldn't put it down. I didn't think I was going to like it, but i ended up loving it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's a great story. Read this book and you'll definately walk away with a greater respect for Lalu and others like her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Astonishing but gripping. The thought of being sold to bandits for 2 bags of soybeans still flows through my mind. Scared me so much that I was scared of the book when I was done reading. Now it makes me realizes how Lalu aka Polly survives in the demon world. And shows us the hardships of Asian Americans. Telling us we need to lead a better life rather than getting sold and to not end up in a brothel. Still thinking of wha life was really like for Lalu still leaves me breath taking...