Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Frangipani Hotel

For Book Beginnings:
"Here, con, I cut up a du du just for you."
"Oh no, Grandma, I --"
"It's very ripe!"
"And very good for you too!"
"Grandma! You know I can't eat papaya. It makes my stomach hurt."
- p. 3 (ARC, page may change)

For Friday 56:
"You should find this exact same spot and take a picture of yourselves there!" Mrs. Tran said. And then she surprised her daughters and herself by bursting into tears on the spot.
- p. 56 (ARC, page may change)
    Synopsis: A self-assured and stunning collection by an astonishingly gifted new writer, these stories—based on traditional Vietnamese tales—are sure to appeal to fans of Karen Russell, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, George Saunders, and Téa Obrecht. The Frangipani Hotel blends the old world and the new with fantastical, chilling, and original explorations of the ghosts that continue to haunt us: those of the Vietnam War.

    Hopefully you're not getting an overload of this book yet! But ghosts? Yep ... Vietnamese ghosts actually! I recently finished reading The Frangipani Hotel and even have a guest post by the author who wrangled these stories out of her grandmother.

    Oh, AND if you're in the US, you can also put in your name to win a copy of this really interesting collection of short stories. Aww, come on, who can resist a good ghost story? :)


     Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide
    Hardcover: 256 pages
    Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (April 1, 2014)


    1. We both have books with ghosts but they are very different. Thanks for sharing.

    2. I have been seeing this book on a lot of readers' lists recently. It sounds interesting and the beginning is unique. Thanks for sharing!
      Happy Reading,

      1. I loved this and hope you get a chance to read it Rebecca!

    3. This sounds really good! I'd join in the giveaway but I don't like in America :( I love the beginning, it's just such a realistic moment because my grandmother always wanted to give me food! Thanks for sharing and hosting :) I hope you have a good weekend!
      My Friday Post
      Juli @ Universe in Words

      1. Yeah I know Juli, the publisher only wants to send within US unfortunately.
        I totally relate to the beginning too ... what is it about food and grandmothers? :)

    4. Too bad the character can't eat papaya (only got into eating it recently, lol). The premise of the novel sounds interesting, thanks for sharing this :)

      Happy reading! My Friday Book Memes :)

      1. Gotta love papaya! Have you tried it with a little spicy salt? Delish!

    5. That cover is really pretty! I like the boat just kind of out there!

      Kris @ IMR

      1. The cover is one of the first things that appealed to me. The cover really captures the very very first story of a ghost walking on open sea!

    6. Nice snippets. The beginning really caught me too. I wonder why papayas does that to their stomach....
      Happy weekend!

      1. I think it's just the granddaughter's stomach, Freda :) She just doesn't like papaya, plain and simple.

    7. How do I get myself signed up to get a copy? or a chance at a copy? I am always looking for books set in that part of the world.
      Here are my Friday 56 and Book Beginning quotes: Anne@My Head is Full of Books

      1. All you need to do is use the Promosimple form that's embedded in the post. Anne. Let me know if you have any problems!

    8. I really want to read this book. THANKS for sharing. LOVE the cover.

      Have a great weekend.

      Silver's Reviews
      My Book Beginnings


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