The Ghost Bride
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Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.
Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a “ghost bride” for their son, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at what price?
Night after night, Li Lan is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, where she must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family.
Reminiscent of Lisa See’s Peony in Love and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Ghost Bride is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.
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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.