Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads like wildfire: gold nuggets line the riverbeds of California. Eager to stake a claim, Frances boldly sets out on the overland trek to California's gold fields, praying that her journey will lead her to riches--and a place a woman like her can call her own. Rich with historic detail and steeped in the secret passion of women-loving-women, Hilary McCollum's debut novel is an epic story of love lost and found in a daring life.
About the Author
Hilary McCollum is an Irish writer and storyteller. Her award-winning play, Life and Love: Lesbian Style, explores the highs and lows of lesbian existence. It received the Eva Gore-Booth Award for best female performance at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2014 and was nominated for the Oscar Wilde Award for best new writing. After two decades in London, Hilary now lives in rural Ireland with her lover and furry family. Golddigger is her first novel. She is currently working on a second historical novel, set within the suffragette movement, with the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland.