The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

The Frangipani Hotel by Violet KupersmithThe Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 4/1/2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
Pages: 256
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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. 


  • Isi

    Sounds interesting; traditional tales of a distant land.

  • I /loved/ those books as a kid. I love horror now. I must have this. :)

  • Sounds interesting. I love stories like these!

  • HeatherTLC

    These sound like stories that I shouldn’t read right before bed or when I’m home alone, that’s for sure!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

  • I have this coming up very soon and I can hardly wait to get started! I just have a really good feeling that it’s going to be something I love.

  • I’m so close to finishing this book, so it was interesting to read your review. I picked it because of my own Vietnamese heritage. At first I felt the writing was a little juvenile, but then with each story I felt that her writing improved and now I’m really enjoying the collection. Do you have a favourite story?

  • Haha, I knew I was going to read your review and wish I’d done this book tour. It sounds so atmospheric!

  • Suko

    I am so glad your enjoyed these short stories! Terrific review! I just posted my review today. :)

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