> The Things You Can Read: March 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

The Frangipani Hotel is not your ordinary collection of short stories, but rather as the noted author Lisa See commented, “Violet Kupersmith has woven together culture, tradition, family, and ghosts to create a series of short stories that are as fresh as they are mesmerizing. These stories will haunt you long after the last words have drifted off the page.”  I whole heartedly agree. 
The idea of modern day ghost stories based on traditional Vietnamese stories is a great hook, which is carried out to perfection by Ms. Kupersmith.  Each of these stories is the intellectual thinking man or woman's kind of thriller.  They are eerie, mysterious, and atmospheric in the vain of Rod Serling, the noted writer and host of the Twilight Zone.  The command that the author has over each and every story speaks to her talent and maturity as a writer, who would think this she is a debut author? 
The stories setting varies, some take place in the United States, other in Vietnam, but no matter where the author leads us, be ready for unexpected twists and turns.  One does not have to be of Vietnamese decent to enjoy this collection.  Each story is accessible to the reader of contemporary fiction and each story is imaginative.  Three of my favorites were "The Reception," "Skin and Bones," and "Little Brother."  Why?  Because these are the three that I couldn't shake after reading them.  In other words, they were unsettling.  I'm sure you'll find you own "unshakable" stories amongst the nine included in the 240 pages of this collection.
This twenty-something author is a storyteller extraordinaire who is definitely a voice to watch for in the future.  I can't wait to see what she tackles next.  I highly recommend you make a reservation to check into the Frangipani Hotel, and see what all the buzz is about!

I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours, Random House, and the author, Violet Kupersmith, for allowing me the opportunity to review The Frangipani Hotel.

Others blogs on the tour in the coming weeks include:
Monday, March 3rd: Bibliophiliac
Tuesday, March 4th: The Things You Can Read
Wednesday, March 5th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, March 10th: 50 Books Project
Tuesday, March 11th: The Written World
Tuesday, March 11th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Wednesday, March 12th:
River City Reading
Thursday, March 13th: Under My Apple Tree
Monday, March 17th: 1330 V
Wednesday, March 19th: Melody & Words
Thursday, March 20th: The Relentless Reader
Monday, March 24th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, March 25th: Suko’s Notebook
Wednesday, March 26th: Lit and Life
Thursday, March 27th: Too Fond
Monday, March 31st: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Tuesday, April 1st: Mandy Boles: Life Between Books
Wednesday, April 2nd: Guiltless Reading
Thursday, April 3rd: Books and Movies
Monday, April 7th: The Lost Entwife
Tuesday, April 8th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, April 9th: girlichef
I have one copy of The Frangipani Hotel to giveaway.  Here's what to do...
1FOLLOW The Things You Can Read on
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2To enter, write a comment on the
official March 4, 2014 Review Post
3The winners will be chosen by using the

The winners will be contacted by email on March 9, 2014.  I will post the winners name and blog(s), with their permission.  However, you don't have to have a blog to participate.
The winners names will be posted the week of March 10, 2014.  Again, you don't have to have a blog to participate. 

Do you like the kind of scary that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up?  Well, if you do The Frangipani Hotel is a must read for you.  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read if this is one you will add to your TBR pile!

Happy reading to all! ☮

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