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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Set during the Gold Rush, in a re-imagined American West, Lucy and Sam, 12 and 11, are newly orphaned siblings. With their father's body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial. The siblings must battle with their own memories, the illusion of the American Dream and each other.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold is an epic debut novel about family and the search for both a home and a fortune.

©2020 C Pam Zhang (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Slow-paced Western with plenty of twists

Really enjoyed this debut for presenting a different perspective on the Western genre and giving other voices the opportunity to speak. Plenty of twists to keep you intrigued and a vivid sense of place to locate you in the story. The non linear narrative won't be for everyone but it worked for me.

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A story of immigration and gold rush.

I really enjoyed the book, which voices the experiences of poor Chinese immigrants in the American West. The writer captures the stark beauty of the landscape and how this influences the peoples.