This book is a collection of supernatural-leaning stories, all with a central theme of relating to Vietnam and Vietnamese people. Frangipani Hotel is the first book by Violet Kupersmith, the daughter of a Vietnamese mother and American father. The stories are based on folktales Kupersmith's grandmother told her.
The pieces are haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings, but other specters lurk behind. Omnipresent in the background are the Vietnam war, the perils of modernization, and the tension between East and West. Characters living in the modern day or even in the United States can't escape the past.
Although not all stories in this collection are equally good, some are exceptional. Particularly noteworthy is "Reception", which features the Frangipani Hotel from the title. I suspect this story will be reprinted in many future anthologies. In general the stories tend towards a folktale feel, which may attract some readers and repel others. To readers who eschew graphic descriptions: there are a few brief gruesome scenes, but nothing as bad as Stephen King at his grisliest.
Summary: Recommended for lovers of horror and ghost stories, who enjoy (or at least don't mind) folktale flavor.
The Frangipani Hotel / Violet Kupersmith. PS3611.U639 F73 2014