The Ghost Bride
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A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists
One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .
Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.
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This is a fascinating story. It was an excellent way of explaining many Chinese customs surrounding death, funerals, and afterlife. Brilliant imagery, poetic descriptions, and growth of the protagonist. You are able to see the growth of a young girl into a young woman. Loved it!
I truly enjoyed this wonderful read. I basically couldn't put this book down I was too interested to see what was happening. I felt it bog down a little bit when the heroine was in the plains of the dead, but I was very interested of the characters and characterizations. This very different story is a wonderful look at Asian life at that time. The fanciful storytelling of the young woman about to be a bride the deceased bridegroom's ghost is most unusual. I truly recommend this book. My thanks to the author also created afterword so that I knew what the culture was like, how to pronounce names, and the lore behind this type of practice. I find it all very fascinating!
Wonderful and unique story
Enjoyed the author's creative interpretation of Chinese customs and believes. The best fiction I've read in recent years.