The Frangipani Hotel

The Frangipani Hotel


eBook - 2014
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A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi. A jaded teenage girl in Houston befriends an older Vietnamese gentleman she discovers naked behind a dumpster. A trucker in Saigon is asked to drive a dying young man home to his village. A plump Vietnamese-American teenager is sent to her elderly grandmother in Ho Chi Minh City to lose weight, only to be lured out of the house by the wafting aroma of freshly baked bread. In these evocative and always surprising stories, the supernatural coexists with the mundane lives of characters who struggle against the burdens of the past.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679645146
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 23, 2018

I didn't know these where ghost stories until I read a few reviews on Goodreads. I figured the stories were just encounters with unexplained phenomena (which, yeah, includes ghost stories). But the notion that these were ghost stories didn't register. Whatever.

If Kupersmith was also relating Vietnamese stories her family told her, that didn't register, either. It felt like she was mimicking a favorite author. As she was a college student when She wrote this, that doesn't seem unusual. When you're learning to write fiction, emulating what you love seems to be a wise tactic.

All this said, this collection never impacted me. I don't believe I'll remember any of these stories in a week, which is a shame. I read in part to learn about other lives and other ways of being. I wanted this book to mean something to me. Maybe that wasn't a fair expectation.

Jul 26, 2014

Updated ghost stories that were fun to read, except for "Guests" which was one of the longest stories and a bit boring.

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This collection of short stories is set either in Vietnam, or in Houston among Vietnamese immigrants. Many of the stories have a paranormal element to them. Whether they are found in the hotel of the book's title, in a small mountain city, out on the water, in a convent, or along a Vietnamese highway, the ghosts are unique and compelling. Other paranormal characters appear behind a Houston grocery store, or at the window of an apartment building. The element of unreality that pervades this book gives the stories a mesmerizing effect as you get drawn into their reality. These stories are unlike any I've read before and promise more from this author.


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