Oct 12, 2021

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

Pretty sure this is the first book I’ve ever read where I got to the final scene and—WHILE I WAS READING THE LAST PAGE—thought…

“I’m gonna need to read this again.”

I haven’t loved a book this much, in this way, in a really long time. Weird Asian fiction is where I want to live forever.

The jacket description of the book, as well as the NYT Book Review, lays out the plot like this:

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

This is technically true, and I suppose I don’t have a better way to describe it… but the book is a sprawling, spooky, multi-generational saga that weaves together Vietnamese history & folklore to create a world that feels both intimate and completely unknowable at the same time.

Most of the story takes place in two main settings—modern-day Saigon, with its motorbikes and alleyways and stifling humidity, and a remote village / forest / haunted old rubber plantation inhabited by… well, it’s hard to explain.

I don’t want to describe too much more, because you will think I’m on drugs.

If you like Murakami novels, you’ll probably enjoy this as well. (And yes, I know Murakami is Japanese, not Vietnamese. The weirdness is what I’m referring to.)

Samantha Pollack

About Sam

Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work. 

She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.

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