Ambitious and sweeping, yet at once intimately crafted and shot through with fine detail, Bangkok Wakes to Rain is a sumptuous accomplishment.
Beautifully textured and rich with a sense of place, this is a big, ambitious book. I love the way Sudbanthad so compellingly captures not only the long arcs of these lives-but also the smallest moments, and how those moments linger in memory, how they haunt.
Remarkable . . . Sudbanthad's debut rewards close attention . . . [his] blend of travelogue with social and political history is compelling
Pitchaya Sudbanthad's beautiful, ambitious first novel Bangkok Wakes To Rain moves with an elegant restlessness that seems to match the city's own. Reading this book feels like waking to a singular and important new voice
An important, ambitious, and accomplished novel
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.
A swirling, always surprising storytelling structure that at times recalls David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas . . . Despite the novel's obvious ecological and political concerns, we stay anchored in the characters' daily struggles, even as the world changes around them - a sensation that speaks not just to our feeling of powerlessness in the face of history, but to the belief in the inevitability of destiny and karma.
[M]editative...beautifully wrought...all of Sudbanthad's characters live and breathe with authenticity, and his prose is deeply moving, making for an evocative debut.
Beautifully textured and rich with a sense of place
This breathtakingly lovely novel is an accomplished debut, beautifully crafted and rich with history rendered in the most human terms.
Gorgeously polyphonic and saturated in the senses, Bangkok Wakes to Rain brims with a wistful and gripping energy. Sudbanthad carries us through time and space with a magician's hand, with a visionary's eye . . . This wise and far-reaching meditation on home will sink into your bones.
Bold and tender . . . Sudbanthad arrives to us already a masterful innovator of the form-a startlingly original debut.