Hill of Content Summer Catalogue 2016/17 - Page 5

The Wangs VS The World Jade Chang Umami Laia Jufresa Nicotine Nell Zink PB $32.99 Charles Wang has just lost the cosmetics fortune he built up since emigrating to the US. Faced with this loss, he decides to take his family to China and attempt to reclaim his ancestral lands. But first they must go on a cross-country road trip. Ultimately Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally, finally fulfilling his dream of China. HB $27.99 Deep in the heart of Mexico City lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister. Over the summer she decides to plant a garden in the communal courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbours in turn delve into their pasts. As the ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge. PB $29.99 Left weightless and unmoored after being the only member of her family with time for her dying father, Penny then finds his property occupied by a group of squatters, united in defence of smokers' rights—and herself unexpectedly besotted with them, particularly Rob, the hot bicycle-andtobacco activist. Totally addictive and dangerously good, Nicotine is a fiercely funny novel in which passion is politics and nonviolence is the opposite of surrender. News of the World Paulette Jiles The Fortunes Peter Ho Davies How I Became a North Korean Krys Lee PB $23.99 In the wake of the Civil War, aging itinerant news reader Captain Kidd agrees to transport a recently rescued young captive of the Kiowa to her relatives in San Antonio. Their journey proves difficult and dangerous, but as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors begin to trust each other. In San Antonio, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to relatives who regard her as a burden, or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. PB $32.99 Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in ChineseAmerican history, and drawing on his own mixed-race experience, Peter Ho Davies plunges us into what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home. Ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the land of opportunity, this novel tells a tale of familial bonds denied and fragmented, of