Bangkok Wakes to Rain (Paperback)
  • Bangkok Wakes to Rain (Paperback)

Bangkok Wakes to Rain (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 08/08/2019
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Places remember us...

'An important, ambitious, and accomplished novel. Sudbanthad deftly sweeps us up in a tale that paints a twin portrait: of a megacity like those so many of us call home and of a world where sanctuary is increasingly hard to come by' Mohsin Hamid

A missionary begs to be sent home.
A jazz pianist is hired to perform for ghosts.
An army colonel smells the food of home for the last time.
A girl designs herself a new face.
An old woman uploads her consciousness.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain is an intricately plotted novel where characters and stories are linked by place, not time. As the novel builds to a futuristic crescendo, moments of intimacy serve to remind us that no matter what the ebb of time may change, we humans persevere.

Praise for Bangkok Wakes to Rain:

'Compelling' Financial Times

'Breathtakingly lovely' Kirkus

'A sumptuous accomplishment' Esquire

'A simple, ingenious conceit' Alexander Chee

'Elegant and restrained' Wall Street Journal

'Saturated in the senses' Claire Vaye Watkins

'A swirling, always surprising storytelling structure' Guardian

'An original and quietly memorable reading experience' Washington Post

'Beautifully textured and rich with a sense of place' Karen Walker Thompson

'Reading this book feels like waking up to a singular and important new voice' Rajesh Parameswaran

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473677241
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm


An important, ambitious, and accomplished novel - Mohsin Hamid

Beautifully textured and rich with a sense of place - Karen Walker Thompson

Beautifully textured and rich with a sense of place, this is a big, ambitious book. I love the way Sudbanthad so compellingly captures not only the long arcs of these lives-but also the smallest moments, and how those moments linger in memory, how they haunt. - Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles

There's a simple, ingenious conceit to this book - the stories a house can contain, from Bangkok's colonial past to its antediluvian future. This is a bold and tender novel about the unforgivable and the unforgiven, and how to live past what you thought you could survive. Sudbanthad arrives to us already a masterful innovator of the form-a startlingly original debut. - Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

Pitchaya Sudbanthad's beautiful, ambitious first novel Bangkok Wakes To Rain moves with an elegant restlessness that seems to match the city's own. Reading this book feels like waking to a singular and important new voice - Rajesh Parameswaran, author of I Am An Executioner

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“A novel of BANGKOK across the centuries”

Bangkok Wakes To Rain is an extraordinary debut novel – ambitious and wide ranging in both its content and its style.

People and families are interwoven across centuries – from the end of the 19th to an imagined... More

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