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Daughter Of Joy: A Novel Of Gold Rush California (Women of the West)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A young Chinese woman who achieved wealth and fame in gold rush San Francisco, Ah Toy was the first Asian woman in America to "go to law, " to employ the American judicial system to redress injustice. To her real-life adversary, Norman As-sing, chief of the Chinese in California, Ah Toy's flaunted independence is an affront. To Ah Toy, the merchant's assumed power and posi ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Forge
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Persephone
May 18, 2009 Persephone rated it liked it
Well researched and interesting. A little annoying with the stilted English of spoken words, but forgivable. I could be harsher about the things I didn't like, like the imagined romance and conclusion, but again forgivable because that's part of the choices that an author gets to make. Overall I'm glad this book exists, for anyone fascinated by gold-rush era San Francisco this is a must read.
Bonnie
May 01, 2012 Bonnie rated it liked it
Amazing tale, based on an actual Chinese woman who came to gold-rush California and managed to become a successful independent woman, which was rare in those days, and unheard of for Chinese women. Not the best writer, but a great story, and pretty well written.
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Nov 19, 2012 Judi rated it really liked it
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"...a wild west fictional tale based on mostly fact, without once losing sight of the qualities that make good fiction."

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Phair
Read this before I began keeping a reading journal but I have always remembered it as an outstanding favorite. Really brought gold-rush era Chinese immigrant experience to life.
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Disappointed that this book is out of print. A story that should not be lost.
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