“Reimagining the American West” with C Pam Zhang via Crowdcast (6/17)

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C Pam Zhang, author of HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD (Riverhead), will be in conversation with Rishi Reddi as they explore the lost stories of the American West at a virtual event as part of the Brookline Booksmith/Transnational Literature Series, “Reimagining the American West,” via Crowdcast on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30pm (ET).

In this 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. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, Zhang’s 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.

Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for home. She’s been awarded support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words and elsewhere, and currently lives in San Francisco.

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Posted: June 16, 2020