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ⓘ C Pam Zhang




                                     

ⓘ C Pam Zhang

Zhang was born in Beijing and moved to the United States when she was 4. Growing up, she moved a lot and lived in ten different places by the time she was 18. She attended Brown University and has studied at Cambridge University. Zhang was the 2017 Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop.

                                     

1. Career

How Much of These Hills is Gold follows two newly orphaned children of immigrants, who are on the run, trying not just to survive but to find a home. The novel is set against the twilight of the American gold rush. How Much of These Hills is Gold is inspired by Zhangs childhood of moving around and reckons with the grief she experienced after losing her father when she was 22.

The New York Times said: "C Pam Zhang’s arresting, beautiful first novel is filled with myths of her own making as well as sorrows and joys."

The San Francisco Chronicle said that Zhangs novel is a" a fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose…Zhang captures not only the mesmeric beauty and storied history of America’s sacred landscape, but also the harsh sacrifices countless people were forced to make in hopes of laying claim to its bounty.”

Zhang has been awarded support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words and elsewhere.

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