Published by Random House Publishing Group on 4/1/2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The Frangipani Hotel starts with a teenage girl, begging her grandmother to share her stories from her life in Vietnam. The girl is focused on learning about her culture, but not because she wants to hear what her grandmother has to say; instead, she’s worried about dates and continuity for the grade on her school project. As her grandmother begins to weave a mysterious tale of a boat on a lake, the girl realizes that the tales her grandmother has to tell are nothing like what she was expecting.
Violet Kupersmith has taken traditional Vietnamese ghost stories and woven them with those of Vietnamese immigrants and their children. Though all of the book’s tales are unique, each one takes a glimpse at the after effects of the Vietnam War on the country and its people. Revealing too much about the stories hidden between the book’s pages would be giving away the best part of this reading experience. Dark and eerie in the best way possible, the stories in The Frangipani Hotel read like grown-up versions of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, often holding their grim twist until the last sentence.
In her early twenties, Violet Kupersmith is definitely a name to watch. I’m already looking forward to reading her first full novel, which is currently in the works.