Summary

The Chinese in the 19th-century American West as seen through the story of Polly, a Chinese concubine who ended up deep in Idaho after her owner lost her in a poker game.


When gold rush fever grips the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese immigrants come through San Francisco on their way to seek their fortunes. In "The Poker Bride," Corbett uses a little-known legend from Idaho lore as a lens into this Chinese experience.