Mar 12, 2021

Book Beginning: How Much of these Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang


How Much of these Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang, April 7, 2020, Riverhead Books
Genre: re-imagined history, adventure, fantasy
Setting: ending of the American Gold Rush

Two young siblings, orphaned and alone after the death of their Chinese parents in the California of the Gold Rush, set out to give their father a burial that they feel is appropriate. They embark on various adventures, discover a strange landscape, and glimpse "a different kind of future." 

Book beginning: 

Ba dies in the night, prompting them to seek two silver dollars. 
Sam's tapping an angry beat come morning, but Lucy, before they go, feels the need to speak. Silence weighs harder on her, pushes till she gives way. 
"Sorry," she says to Ba in his bed. The sheet that tucks him in is the only clean stretch in this dim and dusty shack, every surface black with coal. Ba didn't heed the mess while living and in death his mean squint goes right past it. Past Lucy. Straight to Sam. Sam, the favorite, round bundle of impatience circling the doorway in too-big boots.... 

Page 56: 

"Then of course you know what's in these mountains," the man says, a smile playing on his face. 

Would you read on?

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Lauren Stoolfire said...

I hope you enjoy it. Happy Friday!

Lauren @ Always Me

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I've heard that this book is very good. I hope you enjoy it. My quotes are from Fifty Words For Rain

Breana M. said...

How Much of these Hills Is Gold seems like a good one. The beginning is straight to the point, but it really sets a scene.

fredamans said...

I would definitely read on by the sounds of it! Happy weekend!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Thanks for sharing. This one sounds really good. Here's mine: “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE”

Literary Feline said...

This sounds really good. I hadn't heard of How Much of these Hills Is Gold, and so I am glad you featured it here! I hope you are enjoying it. Have a great weekend!

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