Build Your House Around My Body (Hardback)
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Build Your House Around My Body (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 08/07/2021
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Drawing from Vietnamese folklore and history, this gorgeously eerie novel about two young women who go missing decades apart whisks the reader from colonial mansions and haunted woods to derelict zoos and Saigon nightclubs.

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.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861540990
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fantastic debut... A wonderfully ambitious novel about death, snakes and female revenge...recounted with a rich, hypnotic lyricism.' The Sunday Times

'Loved this epic book – beautiful, brilliant, powerful, and shivery-back-of-the-neck terrifying.' Madeline Miller, author of Circe

'Violet Kupersmith’s Build Your House Around My Body weaves together Vietnamese folklore and ghosts into a visceral and brilliant read.' Stylist

'Fiction as daring and accomplished as Violet Kupersmith's first novel reignites my love of the form and its kaleidoscopic possibilities.' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

 'I am loving Build Your House Around My Body… it's really difficult to believe this is a debut novel.' Jen Campbell, author of The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

'Build Your House Around My Body is such an innovative, brilliant, haunting and compelling read.' Nguyen Phan Que Mai, author of The Mountains Sing

'A book a bit like the creatures within. It has fangs and claws. It horrifies and charms. It is the sort of book you force on your friends, just so you can talk to them about it.' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days

'A marvellous, confounding debut that moves from eerie Vietnamese forests to rundown zoos and crowded nightclubs… A hugely impressive debut.' Guardian

'A labyrinthine, shape-shifting novel, deep in magical realism territory.’ New Internationalist

'Creepy, exciting, moving, insanely funny: a sweat-soaked reading delight... An absolute triumph of storytelling.' Nick Bradley, author of The Cat and the City

'Intricately plotted, flamboyantly original... 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 

'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... A thrilling read, acrobatic and filled with verve.' New York Times

'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... Gorgeous, completely original, and quite disturbing, usually all three at the same time.' Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times-bestselling author of Booth

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“Mesmerising”

A stunning novel that is rather difficult to describe. Evocative, disturbing, downright wierd but completely addictive. The sights, smells, history and superstitions of Vietnam over the decades drew me in, even when I... More

Hardback edition
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“Addictive!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
Firstly, I'd like to comment on the fantastic book cover for the published edition, just superb.
I have never read a book quite like this before, certainly... More

Hardback edition
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“A book that’s hard to put down”

An eerie but compulsive read. Im still not sure that I understand what happened to each of the characters but maybe that was the idea.

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