She is a Haunting
A house with a terrifying appetite haunts a broken family in Vietnam in this atmospheric horror, perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic.
When Jade Nguyen arrives in Vietnam for a visit with her estranged father, she has one goal: survive five weeks pretending to be a happy family in the French colonial house Ba is restoring. She’s always lied to fit in, so if she’s straight enough, Vietnamese enough, American enough, she can get out with the college money he promised.
But the sleep paralysis, persistent bugs, and noisy walls don’t make it easy. And at night Jade can’t ignore the ghost of the beautiful bride who leaves cryptic warnings: Don’t eat.
Ba doesn’t believe her, and so it’s up to Jade to root out the house’s rot before she loses herself and her family to the dark forces lurking in the home they’ve always wanted.
Trang Thanh Tran’s debut is a riveting page-turner about the costs of belonging that will leave readers hungry for more.
Trang Thanh Tran writes speculative stories with big emotions about food, belonging and the Vietnamese diaspora. They grew up in a big family in Philadelphia, then abandoned degrees in sociology and public health to tell stories in Georgia. When not writing, they can be found over-caffeinating on iced coffee and watching zombie movies. She Is a Haunting is their debut novel.
"A welcome addition to the quickly growing canon of culturally diverse, queer horror . . . The result is an atmospheric horror novel that teens with a penchant for the grotesque will delight in unfolding, bit by rotting bit." —BookPage
"An opaque and delicate ghost story for strong readers." —Booklist
"This is a multi-layered exemplar of the horror genre, as the terrifying supernatural aspects of this story combine with the equally horrific colonialist history of this home . . . All of that is then topped off with a compelling exploration of the dynamics of estranged families and how culture, identity, and feelings of what is home can vary dramatically from generation to generation." —BCCB
"Purchase for high school libraries where horror is popular and recommend this title to teens that like a heavy dose of melancholy with their scares." —School Library Connection
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