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Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club: Words of Change: May 2023: How Much of These Hills is Gold

Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club: Words of Change

About the Author: C Pam Zhang



C Pam Zhang, the author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold and the upcoming Land of Milk and Honey, has received several literary awards and accolades, including the Rosenthal Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature. She has also been nominated for the Booker Prize and was a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics’ John Leonard Prize. Her writing has been featured in various publications such as Best American Short Stories, The Cut, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Zhang has been recognized as a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree and is currently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.


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Prof. Dr. Fei Sheng on "The Gold Rush and the Chinese Experience" (3:41 min)

In Search of Gold Mountain at Yale University Art Gallery (26:06 min)

From the Online Archive of California

Title: Chinese, gold mining in California
Creator/Contributor: [Unknown], undetermined
Date: [18--]
Contributing Institution: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a novel that follows the story of two siblings, Lucy and Sam, who are left to fend for themselves in a gold-mining town in the American West after their father's death. The novel explores themes of family, identity, race, and belonging, as well as the experiences of Chinese immigrants during the gold rush era. The novel follows the siblings' struggles as they try to bury their father and face challenges from different characters they encounter, including bandits and other migrants. Through their journey, the novel sheds light on the impacts of colonialism, displacement, and economic inequality.

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