“An important, ambitious, and accomplished novel.”

Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West


Coming February 19, 2019 (US)

Lurching through decades, from Bangkok’s rich past to its precarious future, the human tales in this novel seep into one another, held together by delicate threads. Read more…

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Praise for Bangkok Wakes to Rain

  • “…a bold and tender novel…Sudbanthad arrives to us already a masterful innovator of the forma startlingly original debut.”
    Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night

  • “…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.”
    Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers and The Age of Miracles

  • “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…”
    Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

  • “Sudbanthad’s beautiful, ambitious first novel moves with an elegant restlessness that seems to match the city’s own.”
    Rajesh Parameswaran, author of I Am an Executioner


“This breathtakingly lovely novel is an accomplished debut, beautifully crafted and rich with history rendered in the most human terms.”
Kirkus Review (starred review)

“Ambitious and sweeping, yet at once intimately crafted and shot through with fine detail, Bangkok Wakes to Rain is a sumptuous accomplishment.”
Esquire, The 25 Most Anticipated Books of 2019