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Build Your House Around My Body: The most hotly anticipated debut of the summer

by Violet Kupersmith

Hardback (unsigned) £16.99
Published 8th July 2021, 400 pages
Signed first edition £16.99
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‘Loved this epic book - beautiful, brilliant, powerful, and shivery-back-of-the-neck terrifying.’ Madeline Miller, bestselling author of Circe

Shortlisted for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

A summer reading pick for Kirkus Reviews , PopSugar & USA Today

For those who can’t holiday abroad this summer, explore the heart of Vietnam in this bewitching, exhilarating and utterly immersive novel

Two young Vietnamese women go missing decades apart. Both are fearless, both are lost. And both will have their revenge.

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 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.


Build Your House Around My Body: The most hotly anticipated debut of the summer
by Violet Kupersmith


Oneworld Publications


Publication date
July 8, 2021

23.4cm x 15.3cm x 3.4cm

Page count
400 pages