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A house in Bangkok is the confluence of lives shaped by upheaval, memory, and the lure of home.

A missionary doctor pines for his native New England even as he succumbs to the vibrant chaos of nineteenth-century Siam. A post-WWII society woman marries, mothers, and holds court, little suspecting her solitary future. A jazz pianist in the age of rock, haunted by his own g
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Riverhead Books
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Pitchaya
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's likely that I'm a little biased.
RMazin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bangkok Wakes to Rain is a beautifully written book. The author cherishes the city and those who come to it. His linked stories are more like a kaleidoscope of tales that build upon the city’s past, present and future life. The people thrive, survive and change as Bangkok enfolds them within its rhythms. Subandthad, more than any other author I have recently read, has a gift for incorporating sound within each vignette. Sometimes it is jazz, traditional music, rushing water, flocks of birds, a c ...more
Samantha Chong
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a brilliant book. Spanning almost a century between its past and an envisioning of the city's present, Bangkok Wakes to Rain follows a few main characters at different points of their lives in Bangkok, though each chapter is narrated by characters who spend parts of their lives interacting with the main protagonists. Each protagonist's journey is unique and well-rounded, allowing the reader a glimpse into what makes their stories so... human. It's an unflinching look at the many na ...more
Carly Thompson
Beautifully written linked story collection about characters who have some relation to a house in Bangkok at various points in time from the late 19th century to the end of the 21st century.
Barbara Hall
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An epic and sweeping tale of Bangkok, Thai history, culture and its people, beginning a few centuries ago and through to the near future. A grand house and its various occupants through the years, unites many of the main characters in the book. Very impressive debut novel.
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“Ambitious and sweeping, yet at once intimately crafted and shot through with fine detail, Bangkok Wakes to Rain is a sumptuous accomplishment.”
—Esquire

“An important, ambitious, and accomplished novel. Sudbanthad deftly sweeps us up in a tale that paints a twin portrait: of a megacity like those so many of us call home and of a world where sanctuary is increasingly hard to come by.”
—Mohsin Hamid,
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