Synopses & Reviews
This masterful biographical novel—which has sold more than 100,000 copies—tells the true life story of Lalu Nathoy, a young Chinese girl sold into slavery in 1871 by her poverty-stricken family and auctioned off in the American West. McCunn tells the gripping tale of how Lalu struggled out of servitude to achieve a life of freedom and dignity as a pioneer woman.
"A valuable book that gives Chinese Americans another true heroine."
—Maxine Hong Kingston
From Shanghai to San Francisco, Lalu Nathoy's courageous journey is an important contribution to the history of Asian pioneer women on the American frontier. This true story of a Chinese American woman who overcomes poverty, footbinding, and slavery to build a life of relative freedom in the American Northwest will continue to inspire readers of a new generation.