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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

(2020)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
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"A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose."—
San Francisco Chronicle

"Belongs on a shelf all of its own." —NPR

“Outstanding.”—The Washington Post

"Arresting, beautiful."—The New York Times
 
Revolutionary…A visionary addition to American literature.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.


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.

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A truly gifted writer." - Sebastian Barry

"A ravishingly written revisionist story of the making of the West, C Pam Zhang's debut is pure gold." - Emma Donoghue

"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

"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

"Intuitive, chewy, wonderful; the plot is devastating and the talent is dazzling. Zhang is a blazing writer." - Daisy Johnson

"How Much of These Hills is a miracle, as timely as it is timeless, propulsive but also wonderfully meditative, a ferocious, tender epic about vulnerable immigrant family trying to survive the American Gold Rush. I read it in one night and know I'll revisit it soon: I envy you your first read of this book." - R O Kwon

"Zhang writes with the clear-eyed lucidity of ancient myth-makers whose eyes are attuned to the vicissitudes of nature and humanity. Her characters inhabit this universe with a distinct and memorable presence that will haunt readers in this riveting and truly remarkable debut." - Chigozie Obioma


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Title: How Much of These Hills is Gold: 'The boldest debut of the year' Observer
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Title: How Much of These Hills is Gold
Author(s): C Pam Zhang
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Title: How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
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Title: How Much of These Hills is Gold: 'The boldest debut of the year' Observer
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Title: How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel
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Title: How Much of These Hills Is Gold
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April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Author(s): C Pam Zhang
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel
Author(s): C Pam Zhang
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April 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How Much of These Hills is Gold: 'The boldest debut of the year' Observer
Author(s): C Pam Zhang
Publisher: Virago
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April 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel
Author(s): C Pam Zhang
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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