The Ghost Bride
A NoveleBook - 2013
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.
From Library Staff
KateHillier Apr 11, 2016
Li Lan's family is not doing so great financially, her father seems to prefer smoking opium to actually managing his house and affairs, and there have been no real efforts to socialize her into colonial Malaysian society in order to procure her a match. Until the wealthy Lim family offers her one... Read More »
forbesrachel Jun 27, 2015
Li Lan has little prospect of marriage or financial security because of her father's state of affairs, that is until she receives a most peculiar proposal. The wealthy Lim family wants her to marry their son Lim Tian Ching, the only catch is, he's dead. Choo takes this Chinese tradition and uses ... Read More »