“I loved Golddigger. It is an amazing tale of love and heartbreak told with a grace that builds and flows. I was compelled to turn the pages.” Amanda Gay Love, Queer Sexuality Educator
Golddigger is a lesbian historical novel set against the landscapes of famine Ireland and gold rush California.
Frances Moriarty prepares for another day working in New York as shoeshine boy Frank. She has left her family and the great love of her life, Kitty Gorman, behind in Ireland. A letter from home brings word of more famine deaths. But Frank/Frances’s life is set to change as a newspaper article prompts her to pursue a chance of fortune in the California gold fields.
Golddigger is a love story and epic quest, intertwining two narratives about Frank/Frances: her attempts to claw out a new life as one of the California ‘forty-niners’, crossing America in pursuit of gold; and the life she has left behind in Ireland, falling in love with a woman for the first time until the famine wreaks devastation on her community.
Told with humour and tenderness, Golddigger is reminiscent of Sarah Water’s Tipping the Velvet and Isabel Miller’s Patience and Sarah. It will appeal to lesbian readers interested in strong characters, dramatic settings and the challenges facing women who loved women in the past.
Read an extract from Golddigger here.