How Much of These Hills are Gold

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How Much of These Hills are Gold

How Much of These Hills are Gold

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415 North Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City CA 96145
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About the Book:

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 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.

About Annie Ballard:

Avid Outdoorsperson & Community Activist:

"I think we are in an exciting moment in history--a time when the ongoing effects of things like industrialization, colonialism, racism and capitalism are being openly and constructively discussed. We should seize on this moment and encourage dialogue as much as possible, for the betterment of the beautiful world around us, our fellow humans, and the animals with whom we share this planet."

Why Annie Chose This Book:

This exploration of what it meant to be Chinese-American during the gold rush is hauntingly beautiful and resonates deeply with issues we face as a country almost 200 years later. Zhang's profound magical realism, her unwillingness to look away from the extreme violence of the times, and her moving descriptions of the Sierra Nevada foothills landscape make for a novel that moves effortlessly between hope and despair.

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