Build Your House Around My Body
Feverishly energetic and playfully creepy, an unforgettable debut that hurtles through the ghostly secrets of Vietnamese history
‘Loved this epic book – beautiful, brilliant, powerful, and shivery-back-of-the-neck terrifying.’ Madeline Miller, bestselling author of Circe
Shortlisted for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
A summer reading pick for Kirkus Reviews, PopSugar & USA Today
For those who can’t holiday abroad this summer, explore the heart of Vietnam in this bewitching, exhilarating and utterly immersive novel
Two young Vietnamese women go missing decades apart. Both are fearless, both are lost. And both will have their revenge.
1986: TheÂ teenageÂ daughterÂ ofÂ aÂ wealthy VietnameseÂ familyÂ getsÂ lostÂ inÂ anÂ abandoned rubber plantation while fleeing her angry father, and is forever changed by the experience.Â
2011: Twenty-five years later, aÂ young,Â 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.Â