THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum

ISBN 10: 093253807X / ISBN 13: 9780932538079
Published by San Francisco: Design Enterprises, 1981. dj, 1981
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. Described as both a biographical novel and the first biography of a Chinese American pioneer woman, this is the story of Lalu Nathoy, later known as Polly Bemis, who was shipped to America as a slave in the mid-19th century and auctioned off to a Chinese saloon keeper in an Idaho mining camp. The basis for the film of the same name. Issued simultaneously in both hardcover and paperback - McCunn gives an interesting account of the publishing history and its popularity: it was self-published in 1981 ' and sold over 30,000 copies. It was also an alternate selection of BOMC's Paperback Book Club while it was a self-published book. In 1983 Dell brought it out in its Laurel Line and in 1988 Beacon brought it out as a trade paperback. It has been continuously in print since it was first published in 1983, has sold over 200,000 copies, was made into a film, and has been translated into Chinese, Mongolian, French, Portuguese, Danish, and will be shortly coming out in Greek.' This, the first hardcover printing, is quite uncommon. 308 pp plus publisher's ad and order form. Fine in a near fine dust jacket (a bit of wear to the upper edge of the dj). Bookseller Inventory # 60397

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Title: THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.

Publisher: San Francisco: Design Enterprises, 1981. dj

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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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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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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