Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang


Blurb from Goodreads

An 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.

Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future.

Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, 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

Why I Want To Read It

Earlier this year, I was researching for books to include in my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To List. To summarily describe it, this list is comprised of books that are going to be published during the year that I want to be part of my reading list for the year. Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa was an implied inclusion because of the blurb that surrounded it pre-publication; the hype literally made me jump into the band wagon.

Apart from My Dark Vanessa, a slew of debut novels caught my attention. One of these 2020 debut novels is C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills is Gold. The integration of history and the search for the quintessence of the American Dream is simply too irresistible to me. Whilst the story is set in the past, the subject remains seminal and relevant as it touches resonates in the present.

There is one more reason for me to look forward to this debut novel. Last July 28, it was announced that it was part of the long list for the 2020 Man Booker Prize! It is one of eight debut novels in the long list that is comprised of thirteen books. I am actually looking forward to reading all thirteen books in the long list. Anne Tyler is the only writer in the list whose work I’ve read before. Haha! In the meantime, I am waiting for my local bookstore to display a copy of the book in their book stand. I am crossing my fingers.

And thus ends my Goodreads Monday post. How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!