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The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction - Violet Kupersmith
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
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An extraordinarily compelling debut—ghost stories that grapple with the legacy of the Vietnam War   A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi. A jaded teenage girl in Houston befriends an older Vietnamese gentleman she discovers naked... show more
An extraordinarily compelling debut—ghost stories that grapple with the legacy of the Vietnam War   A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi. A jaded teenage girl in Houston befriends an older Vietnamese gentleman she discovers naked behind a dumpster. A trucker in Saigon is asked to drive a dying young man home to his village. A plump Vietnamese-American teenager is sent to her elderly grandmother in Ho Chi Minh City to lose weight, only to be lured out of the house by the wafting aroma of freshly baked bread. In these evocative and always surprising stories, the supernatural coexists with the mundane lives of characters who struggle against the burdens of the past.   Based on traditional Vietnamese folk tales told to Kupersmith by her grandmother, these fantastical, chilling, and thoroughly contemporary stories are a boldly original exploration of Vietnamese culture, addressing both the immigrant experience and the lives of those who remained behind. Lurking in the background of them all is a larger ghost—that of the Vietnam War, whose legacy continues to haunt us.   Violet Kupersmith’s voice is an exciting addition to the landscape of American fiction. With tremendous depth and range, her stories transcend their genre to make a wholly original statement about the postwar experience.   Praise for The Frangipani Hotel  “Violet Kupersmith has woven together culture, tradition, family, and ghosts to create a series of short stories that are as fresh as they are mesmerizing. These stories will haunt you long after the last words have drifted off the page.”—Lisa See  “Surgically precise and feverishly imaginative.”—Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife  “This first collection introduces a writer to watch and belongs in any library serving a short story readership.”—Booklist“What is most haunting in Kupersmith’s nine multilayered pieces are not the specters, whose tales are revealed as stories within stories, but the lingering loss and disconnect endured by the still living. . . . [A] mature-beyond-her-years debut.”—Library Journal (starred review)   “The stories shimmer with life. The heat and tumult of Vietnam’s cities are palpable, and the awed wonderment of humans confronted with supernatural occurrences is artfully conveyed. These polished stories mark Kupersmith, who is in her early twenties, as one to watch.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “In this impressive debut, Violet Kupersmith displays a remarkable gift for voice and setting. Using history and horror, mystery and imagination, she has created this vivid collection of haunted and haunting stories. Highly recommended.”—Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Jane Austen Book Club   “These stories start out humbly, workaday, and would be happy to go on that way but are surprised by the entry of some unearthly demon. Then our great joy is to watch them try to carry on with their simple, daily world, in spite of the transfiguring radiance of the supernatural. Kupersmith is more than a powerful writer: She’s already been admitted into the secret circle of Isak Dinesen and Isaac Babel and Sylvia Townsend Warner. She’s a true storyteller, and a demon herself.”—George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth and author of The Caveman’s Valentine and Ravens
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780812993318 (0812993314)
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it
3.0 The Frangipani Hotel
In the Frangipani Hotel, Violet Kupersmith brings to life nine tales of her native Vietnam. The stories are ghost stories based on old Vietnamese folk tales and legends. This book reinterprets the stories into a more modern world – the one after the Vietnam War and incorporating the Vietnamese immig...
Khanh the Killjoy
Khanh the Killjoy rated it
3.0 Not bad, just not scary
I'm Vietnamese. I speak, write, and read the language. I was born there, I know people who were served in the Vietnam War (hi, dad), I know people who came over to Europe, the US, Australia as boat people. So needless to say, if this book claims to be a book of Vietnamese stories, I'm going to be ex...
Jolene
Jolene rated it
3.5 The Frangipani Hotel: Stories by Violet Kupersmith
**Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review** I don't usually rate a book of short stories this high. For me, short stories lack the space needed to fully develop a story. There isn't enough time for adequate world building. Just when the charac...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 The Frangipani Hotel
Violet Kupersmith's debut collection, The Frangipani Hotel, has some wonderful stories. All with a touch of Vietnam, these ghost stories often blend the war era with modern times. Many are startling and creepy, but what's most impressive is the variety from one story to the next. Overall, this colle...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
4.0 The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
ATTENTION! Nebula nominators and World Fantasy Award voters! You want to read this book!Yes, I know it says "The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction." And the cover is ever so tastefully vague and understated. A more accurate title might be: "The Frangipani Hotel: Dark, Lush and Horrific Ghostly Tales of Viet...
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