Writers Who Read

5 July 2020

Bangkok Wakes to Rain
by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Author/Publisher Intent

Stylistic Choices

Structure, Pacing

Climax - what changed?

Scene sleuthing

A short, incomplete history of Thailand

  • 1238-1438: Sukhothai Kingdom
    Thai alphabet created

  • 1351-1767: Ayutthaya Kingdom
    Theravada Buddhism made official religion

  • 1782-1932: Rattanakosin (Krungthep) Kingdom
    กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตน์ราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์
    1850s: Third Cholera Pandemic
    1851-1868: Rama IV: King Mongkut (Anna and the King)
    1855: Bowring Trade Treaty

  • 1932-present: Constitutional Monarchy / Military Rule
    Military Coups: 13 successful, 9 unsuccessful

  • 14 Oct 1973: Pro-democracy demonstrations: 77 dead
  • 6 Oct 1976: Thammasat University massacre: 100+ dead
  • 18 May 1992 (Bloody May): 200,000 protestors; 56 dead

  • 1997: Asian financial crisis

Bangkok Wakes to Rain - Pitchaya Sudbanthad

  • Marketing: Historical Asian Fiction, Asian American Literature & Fiction
  • Genre: Magical-Realistic, Historical / Modern-Day / Future, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 100,680
  • Print Pages: 368
  • Reading Level: 8th grade

  • POV: Multiple
  • Tense: past; 3rd person singular
    past; 3rd person plural (Outpour, Uprising, Netherworld)

  • Publish date: February 19, 2019
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold By: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Audio book narrator: Euan Morton



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