Description - Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
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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Author Biography - Ruthanne Lum McCunn
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.