Yangsze ChooGÇÖs 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 GÇ£ghost brideGÇ¥ 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 familyGÇÖs darkest secretsGÇöand the truth about her own family.
Reminiscent of Lisa SeeGÇÖs Peony in Love and Amy TanGÇÖs The BonesetterGÇÖs Daughter, The Ghost Bride is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.