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Based on a true story: When 18-year-old Irish Cayley teams up with a Chinese scholar to help a stranger, neither of them realizes their lives are about to change in unimaginable ways. San Francisco's gilt-and-grime 1890s set the stage for Cayley's transformation from a timid house-servant to unapologetic queen of the city's underworld. Wo Sam, wishing only to earn enough money to return to China, becomes a soldier in Chinatown's tong wars. Unable to return to his Chinese life after murdering a tong ally, Sam joins Cayley in running the most luxurious "sporting house" in San Francisco, catering to the city's influential and wealthy. Flamboyant, clever characters, richly colored settings and plot twists make Shaketown a page-turner with heart. Caught between worlds--Chinese and Caucasian, respectable and sordid, poor and rich--Cayley and Sam must survive in a rigid and racist Victorian society that accepts neither of them. And where is love in all this? Cayley, Sam and the citizens of Shaketown are determined to find it--faithless husbands, ruthless murderers and earthquakes be damned!
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ISBN: 9781468907629
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