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For California's Gold Hardcover – March, 2000
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"Crowded with authentic detail, written with enviable grace and flair, FOR CALIFORNIA'S GOLD offers its readers a memorable story of tragedy and courage. In sum, JoAnn Levy has enriched gold rush literature."--J. S. Holliday, author of "Rush for Riches" and "The World Rushed In"
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"Heroically assimilating the primary sources of the Gold Rush, JoAnn Levy has created a novel that speaks with the panoramic force of history and the intimate voice of private experience. Here in fiction based on the record is the story of how one woman, alongside other women, left home, crossed the continent, loved, suffered, served, prevailed, embraced life--and helped found a commonwealth."--Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California
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This is Joann's best work yet. I look forward to the next.
Before reading this book I gave no particular thought to the nature of my understanding of these historical events. Now I've learned a new perspective is as beneficial in literature as it is in trying to find the car keys. In one 280-page book, JoAnn Levy has given the whole thing life.
Ms. Levy is a unique writing talent - she has done what few authors have the nerve to try; she has written a historical novel in the first person, and she has done it so beautifully it seems as if the book was indeed written in 1856 by a tempered-by-tragedy woman named Sarah Daniels.
Ms. Levy is remarkably clever in her use of storytelling techniques which successfully weave multiple threads of interest from the first page to the last. The attentive reader will pick up on this finely developed skill in the second sentence of the first chapter. Ms. Levy employs similar techniques throughout, and it is a delight.
This book is such a good read that it is recommended on that basis alone. But if a fascinating and unique look at one of the watershed eras in world history also interests you, then you will be doubly rewarded.