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Ling Zhang

Ling Zhang was born in Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, China but grew up in the small town Wenzhou. She graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai with a bachelor degree in English and moved to Canada in 1986. Zhang earned an M.A. in English from the University of Calgary, and another M.A. in Communication Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. She now lives and writes in Toronto. Zhang has published eight novels and three short story collections in Chinese. Gold Mountain Blues is the first of her novels translated into English.


Gold Mountain Blues

Translation by Nicky Harman.
Toronto: Viking Canada, 2011.
PS8599 .H36 G65 2011

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Gold Mountain Blues is a rich saga chronicling the lives of five generations of a Chinese family from Guangdong Province, which are transformed by the promise of a better life in Gold Mountain, the Chinese name for Canada’s majestic West Coast.

Anthology (Short stories)

Toward the North: Stories by Chinese Canadian Writers

Edited by Hua Laura Wu, Xueqing Xu, and Corinne Bieman Davies.
Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2018.
On Order

Zhang, Ling. “The Abandoned Cat.” Translated by Zoë S. Roy, 32-47.

Zhang, Ling. “Toward the North.” Translated by Zoë S. Roy, 212-281.


Publisher Penguin Random House Canada