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Build Your House Around My Body

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'Gorgeous, completely original, and quite disturbing, usually all three at the same time. Beware! This book might swallow you up.' Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Two young women go missing decades apart. Both are fearless, both are lost. And both will have their revenge.

1986: The teenage daughter of a wealthy Vietnamese family gets lost in an abandoned rubber plantation while fleeing her angry father, and is forever changed by the experience.

2011: Twenty-five years later, a young, unhappy Vietnamese-American named Winnie disappears from her new home in Saigon without a trace.

The fates of these two women are inescapably linked, bound together by past generations, by ghosts and ancestors, by the history of possessed bodies and possessed lands. Barrelling through the sweaty nightclubs of Saigon to ramshackle zoos, colonial mansions and haunted forests, Violet Kupersmith's heart-pounding fever dream of a novel deftly combines Vietnamese history and folklore to create an immersive, playful, utterly unforgettable debut.

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (July 8, 2021)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861541003

'What a joy to return to the numinously spooky world of [Violet] Kupersmith and find the ghosts of history and family still haunting her pages. This impressively constructed weave of stories is gorgeous, completely original, and quite disturbing, usually all three at the same time. Beware! This book might swallow you up.'

– Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

'A heady, gothic spellbinder of a book.'

– Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

'Violet Kupersmith has elevated the ghost story into an art form. Her intricately plotted, flamboyantly original novel is by turns steamy, grisly, comic, horrific, and touching. This literally haunting tale will stay with you long after the last page is turned.'

– Valerie Martin, author of Property and I Give it to You

Praise for The Frangipani Hotel:

'[A] subversively clever debut collection... These stories – playful, angry, at times legitimately scary – demonstrate a subtlety of purpose that belies [Kupersmith's] youth.'

– New York Times Book Review

'In this auspicious volume, Kupersmith has reshaped and womanhandled traditional Vietnamese folktales that her grandmother told her into a wildly energetic, present-tense fusillade of short stories.'

– Elle