60th out of 63 books — 29 voters
Daughter Of Joy: A Novel Of Gold Rush California
by JoAnn Levy
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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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.
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.