Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But page by page, it's about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.
How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, by C Pam Zhang
"At once a Western, an immigrant story, and a coming-of-age tale, Zhang's novel is beautiful in every sense. In the years following the Gold Rush, young siblings Lucy and Sam head east through the rolling hills of the West, looking for a place to bury their father. Zhang's writing is so rich in imagery and metaphor, and though her story moves back and forth in time across different perspectives, she always returns to the powerful themes of family history and the elusive search for home. This is a truly gorgeous book." --Erika
Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future.