A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe, April 7, 2020, St. Martin's Press
Genre: historical fiction
Setting: 1930s Indochine (Vietnam)
An American woman accompanies her French husband, a Michelin heir, to his vast rubber plantations in Indochina. Vietnam is a French colony during this period, and the novel focuses on the lavish lifestyles of the French in Indochina of the 1930s.
Jessie November 20, 1933
The house of a hundred suns. That's what my tai xe called it. The first time he ferried me to the train station, in a black Delahaye as polished as a gem stone, he slowly circled the building, avoiding the rawboned rickshaw drivers. I craned my neck, watching as the car's exhaust left a trail behind us like a mollusk's track, and tried my best to concentrate on his words, not the quick tempo of my heart.
"Did you arrive today? You must have. And then you are dragged out to the jungle on your first night in Hanoi."
"I don't mind," I lied.
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