‘Fiction as daring and accomplished as Violet Kupersmith’s first novel reignites my love of the form and its kaleidoscopic possibilities’ – David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas
Shortlisted for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
A summer reading pick for Kirkus Reviews, PopSugar & USA Today
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