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Build Your House Around My Body - Violet Kupersmith

Build Your House Around My Body - Violet Kupersmith
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Title: Build Your House Around My Body

Author:  Violet Kupersmith

ISBN:  9780861540990

Weight:  970 g

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Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

For those who can’t holiday abroad just yet, explore the heart of Vietnam in this bewitching, exhilarating and utterly immersive novel


Two young Vietnamese 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 both 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Dazzling…  I had the sense that Violet Kupersmith’s eerie and electric debut novel was spreading beyond the bounds of the page and seeping into my life.  That is this novel’s power: It followed me into my days, refusing to release me…  Kupersmith is a brilliant technician of the small moment, the just-right observation.  Her sensory language is at once bold and perfectly precise.

New York Times

Creepy, exciting, moving, insanely funny: a sweat-soaked reading delight.  Careering through a host of snaking lives, eras, and beautifully drawn locations in Vietnam, Build Your House Around My Body is mesmerising.  An absolute triumph of storytelling.

Nick Bradley, author of The Cat and the City

A satisfying story of possession and revenge…  There is no shortage of nuanced story lines that delve into the strange or the spooky in this book…  Kupersmith’s knack for drawing readers into the fantastical is readily apparent, as is her ability to deftly navigate the subtleties of a country’s complicated history, rife with violence and generational trauma in the wake of French colonisation.

Time Magazine

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Build Your House Around My Body
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in after the front free endpaper.
(Printed on this page is the title, the author’s name, the phrase ‘Signed by the author’, and the name of the publisher.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 2021 – shortlist
Book Stats
Publisher Oneworld Publications
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780861540990
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 378
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Book design Barbara M. Bachman
Maps David Lindroth
Jacket illustration Eleanor Taylor
illustrations David Lindroth

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