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Publisher Description

"Recreates the experience of living in Thailand's aqueous climate so viscerally that you can feel the water rising around your ankles." —Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Important, ambitious, and accomplished." —Mohsin Hamid, New York Times bestselling author of Exit West


A missionary doctor pines for his native New England even as he succumbs to the vibrant chaos of nineteenth-century Siam. A post-World War II society woman marries, mothers, and holds court, little suspecting her solitary fate. A jazz pianist in the age of rock, haunted by his own ghosts, is summoned to appease the house's resident spirits. In the present, a young woman tries to outpace the long shadow of her political past. And in a New Krungthep yet to come, savvy teenagers row tourists past landmarks of the drowned old city they themselves do not remember. Time collapses as these lives collide and converge, linked by the forces voraciously making and remaking the amphibious, ever-morphing capital itself. Bangkok Wakes to Rain is an elegy for what time erases and a love song to all that persists, yearning, into the unknowable future.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
February 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.5
MB

Customer Reviews

RabidChicago ,

This is Thailand in words, in tone, in everything.

This book is Krungthep.

It is the people, the ghosts, the noise, the smells, the history. And it is also the gentle voice of the Thai. It is of course special to those of us who love Krungthep.

But it’s also for anyone who desires interesting characters, vast historical landscape and a glimpse into a place as full of wonder & contradictions as is Thailand.

I can’t recommend it more highly.

And it’s this guy’s 1st novel. Wow...just wow.