FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes award-winning author C Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills Is Gold) for a reading and signing of Land of Milk and Honey, her rapturous and revelatory novel about a young chef whose discovery of pleasure alters her life and, indirectly, the world. Zhang will be in conversation with writer Angie Sijun Lou at this event.
This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz.
"The way Zhang writes about food and desire and human failings is exquisite—sensually detailed, at times visceral. This is a tremendous novel that explores the way people will break when the world itself is broken. Land of Milk and Honey is truly exceptional." —Roxane Gay
A smog has spread. Food crops are rapidly disappearing. A chef escapes her dying career in a dreary city to take a job at a decadent mountaintop colony seemingly free of the world's troubles.
There, the sky is clear again. Rare ingredients abound. Her enigmatic employer and his visionary daughter have built a lush new life for the global elite, one that reawakens the chef to the pleasures of taste, touch, and her own body.
In this atmosphere of hidden wonders and cool, seductive violence, the chef's boundaries undergo a thrilling erosion. Soon she is pushed to the center of a startling attempt to reshape the world far beyond the plate.
Sensuous and surprising, joyous and bitingly sharp, told in language as alluring as it is original, Land of Milk and Honey lays provocatively bare the ethics of seeking pleasure in a dying world. It is a daringly imaginative exploration of desire and deception, privilege and faith, and the roles we play to survive. Most of all, it is a love letter to food, to wild delight, and to the transformative power of a woman embracing her own appetite.
C Pam Zhang is the author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold, winner of the Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature[CE1], long-listed for the Booker Prize, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and one of Barack Obama's favorite books of the year. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a New York Public Library Cullman Fellow.
Angie Sijun Lou is a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in ZYZZYVA, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Best Small Fictions, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf, Tin House, California Arts Council, and elsewhere.