Build Your House Around My Body

Paperback edition released 08/07/2021

by Violet Kupersmith

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Family Drama Fantasy Literary Fiction Action Adventure Book Club Recommendations Debut Books of the Month Star Books

LoveReading Expert Review of Build Your House Around My Body

An intoxicating, beautifully-written, folklore-infused debut exploring the interwoven lives, fates and histories of two Vietnamese women.

Though complex, subtle, and rich in history and myth, Violet Kupersmith's Build Your House Around My Body makes an instantly potent impression. Her writing is at once measured and vivid, infused with the elemental power of Vietnamese folklore, and with the histories, fates and desires of its protagonists.

Following the lives of two fearless women who both went missing (though decades apart - one in 1986, the other in 2011), and who both seek revenge, Build Your House Around My Body is hauntingly poetic, playful, and a puzzle, of sorts. A multi-layered Russian doll of a story with magic realist elements - ghosts, time travel, snake monsters. Indeed, the whole novel might be described as a coiled serpent that spirals and springs when you least expect it.

Despite their very different backgrounds, the women are bound by the past, and by ancestors and ghosts. It’s a mystery, a mythic epic, a slippery history that defies classification, and I loved it.

Joanne Owen

Build Your House Around My Body Synopsis

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 American named Winnie disappears from her new home in Saigon without a trace. The fates of these two 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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780861541843
Publication date: 8th July 2021
Author: Violet Kupersmith
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Other Genres:
Win One of Ten Hardback Copies of Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun

Win One of Ten Hardback Copies of Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun

Closing date: 11/11/2021

"Taking in the absurdities of life, misfortune and tragedy, Kwon Yeo-sun’s Lemon is an engaging, read-in-one-sitting novella of remarkable intensity." Joanne Owen, Expert Reviewer To celebrate the release of Lemon, we have 10 hardback copies of Lemon to give away thanks to Head of Zeus.  This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 11th November 2021. Please ensure that the details you use to enter the competition will be correct at the time the competition ends. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

Like For Like Featured Books

Taking Flight
All My Mothers

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9780861540990
Publication date: 08/07/2021
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780861541843
Publication date: 08/07/2021
Format: Paperback

View All Editions

About Violet Kupersmith

Violet Kupersmith is the author of the short story collection The Frangipani Hotel. She previously taught English with the Fulbright Program in the Mekong Delta, and was a creative writing fellow at the University of East Anglia. She has lived in Da Lat and Saigon, Vietnam, and currently resides in the U.S.

More About Violet Kupersmith

More Books By Violet Kupersmith

Build Your House Around My Body
View All Books By Violet Kupersmith

Share this book