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Night of the Water Spirits by Barbara Bisco

Night of the Water Spirits

Family Drama   Literary Fiction   Relationship Stories   
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An intriguing, involving and at times surprising family saga of two cousins over many turbulent years. Set mostly in Thailand and taking in the dreadful Boxing Day tsunami, I personally felt hungry for more cultural detail but loved the eventful story. This is the second novel from Barbara Bisco and I would highly recommend her first, A Taste for Green Tangerines.

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Night of the Water Spirits by Barbara Bisco

When Panda's American cousin first comes to Bangkok, he throws a lizard at her and she bites him.

Yet on a night when the country's waterways are alight with a myriad tiny candles, their relationship takes a different turn; one that draws them together again as adults and, in spite of turbulent marriages to other people, leads them to defy some of society's most fervently held taboos. From Bangkok's glittering temples to one of Indonesia's most desolate islands to the white sand beaches of Thailand's southern coast as a tsunami thunders in, Night of the Water Spirits is a story of passion and betrayal, of powerful spirits and clashing beliefs, of warring drug lords and real life dragons, of a search for a sense of belonging in a world that is increasingly becoming a global village.


Reviews of Barbara Bisco's previous novel, A Taste for Green Tangerines:

'We say don't think twice, go and buy this book!' Hampstead Village Voice

'An original and vibrant book'

'An enjoyable and original romp of a read - Enter this thrilling wilderness without leaving your armchair' Wide World Magazine

'I thoroughly enjoyed it ... a very exciting book ... an intrepid heroine ... really sexy, really good fun - a whole new kind of book' Vanessa Feltz, BBC London

About the Author

Barbara Bisco

Barbara Bisco is the author of two novels, both of which are set in Asia where she spent the last thirty years, much of it in Thailand and Indonesia. Whilst in Asia, Barbara worked for the National Museums in both Bangkok and Jakarta. She also worked with orangutans and tigers at the zoo in Jakarta. Her daughter was born in Indonesia and the whole family thinks of it as a second home. Although London is now her first home, Barbara is originally from New York and has a bachelor's degree from Harvard as well as a Ph. D. from Cornell. Her short stories were published in the book 'Short Stories of Bangkok and Beyond'.

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Publication date

9th July 2011


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Black Lotus Publishing Ltd


400 pages


Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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