C Pam Zhang is an American writer whose debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold was released in 2020, and was long-listed for the 2020 Booker Prize. Zhang was born in Beijing and moved to the United States when she was four years old. While growing up, she moved to ten new homes by the time she was eighteen.
How Much of These Hills is Gold follows two recently orphaned children of immigrants on the run, trying not just to survive but to find a home. The novel is set against the twilight of the American gold rush. How Much of These Hills is Gold is inspired by Zhang's childhood of moving homes often. It reckons with the grief she experienced after losing her father when she was twenty-two.
On Tuesday 2 March we will welcome C Pam Zhang for a free online BorderKitchen interview. After the interview, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions.
About the book:
“One of my favourite books in 2020” - Barack Obama
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 reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Muc