How Much of These Hills is Gold (Hardback)
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How Much of These Hills is Gold (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 09/04/2020
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Set in the afterglow of the great American Gold Rush, Zhang’s haunting and heart-breaking debut follows the brutal journey of two immigrant teenage girls after the unexpected death of their sole parent. 

What makes a home a home?

Tell me a story I can dream on...

Ba dies in the night, Ma is already gone. Lucy and Sam, twelve and eleven, are suddenly alone and on the run. With their father's body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with giant buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial.

How Much of These Hills is Gold is a sweeping adventure tale, an unforgettable sibling story and a remarkable novel about a family bound and divided by its memories.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349011462
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 162 x 236 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A truly gifted writer' - Sebastian Barry

'Pure gold' - Emma Donoghue

'Remarkable. It will haunt readers' - Chigozie Obioma

'[An] extraordinary debut . . . Gorgeously written and fearlessly imagined, Zhang's awe-inspiring novel introduces two indelible characters whose odyssey is as good as the gold they seek.' - Publishers Weekly 

'In this haunting adventure story set during the Gold Rush, two newly orphaned Chinese American immigrants are on the run in a ravaged landscape. Lucy and Sam carry the body of their newly deceased father as they roam, in pursuit of a place to give him a proper burial. Fusing Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history, this debut explores the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong, memories that bind and divide families, the illusion of the American Dream and the search for a home and fortune.' - Cosmopolitan

'Zhang's bleak, brutal and brilliant debut rewrites the history of the American West with a story of two siblings battling to survive during the gold rush.' - iPaper (Best of the Arts in 2020) 

'This exhilarating novel unweaves the myths of the American West and offers in their place a gorgeous, broken, soulful, feral song of family and yearning, origin and earth. C Pam Zhang is a brilliant, fearless writer. This book is a wonder.' - Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

'C Pam Zhang's debut is ferocious, dark and gleaming, a book erupting out of the interstices between myth and dream, between longing and belonging. How Much of These Hills Is Gold tells us that stories--like people, like the rough and stunning landscape of California itself--are constantly in the process of being made, broken, and finally remade into something tender and new.' - Lauren Groff, New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies

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Terence, Bookseller Newry

“Grotesque and Beautiful”

At times grotesque and beautiful, at others haunting and sensual, within the first 20 pages you may literally feel sick. If this is horror, the monster is a twisted vision of the American West.
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““What makes a home a home...””

Set during the gold rush in American West , recently orphaned 12 years old Lucy and her 11 year old sibling Sam looking for a proper burial ground for their deceased father. They journey through the unforgiving... More

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“Incredible family saga”

Very touching often brutal telling about life, for Chinese immigrants during the gold rush. It’s a hard book to read with very distressing scenes, however this powerful debut is well worth the effort. It features... More

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