Build Your House Around My Body

Pages: 400
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Build Your House Around My Body

Violet Kupersmith

Part-puzzle, part-ghost story, part-revenge tale, one of the most hotly anticipated debuts of 2021
9780861540990 (29 Jul 2021)
RRP £16.99

The Book

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. 

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

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.


Praise for The Frangipani Hotel:

'[A] subversively clever debut collection... These stories - playful, angry, at times legitimately scary - demonstrate a subtlety of purpose that belies [Kupersmith's] youth.'

- New York Times Book Review

'In this auspicious volume, Kupersmith has reshaped and womanhandled traditional Vietnamese folktales that her grandmother told her into a wildly energetic, present-tense fusillade of short stories.'

- Elle