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The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo
The Ghost Bride: A Novel
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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. "One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride..."Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of... show more
Yangsze Choo's stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists. "One evening, my father asked me if 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, 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 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 Lim's 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.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 from a remarkable new voice in fiction.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062227324 (0062227327)
ASIN: 0062227327
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
3.5 Malay flavored YA
Ghostly, entertaining jaunt. Foreign setting, lots of fantasy, family intrigues and romance. Teens and young adults would be a good audience for this one. I liked it well enough, though I wanted to thump some sense into Li Lan several times. And she does the distressed damsel quite a bit. And some...
BrokenTune
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3.0 Ghost Bride
‘If we’re going to have a wedding, maybe we should have an exorcism first.’ ‘Are you mad?’ she said. ‘That’s the last thing anybody wants to hear before a wedding!’ Finally, finally, I got to read Ghost Bride. It's been on my kindle for such a long time, I nearly forgot about it. I had tried to...
want a real life adventure? come to Australia we have spiders bigger than your hand.
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2.0 The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
The main character was clearly dropped on her head as a child, and I had a lot of other issues with this book. Weirdly I still enjoyed the writing style, enough so that I didn't ditch the book. Which is saying something. The topic was also rather interesting. Still had some major issues, like the ...
Sailing in a Sea of Words
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5.0 Book Review: The Ghost Bride
Book: The Ghost Bride Author: Yangsze Choo Genre: Fiction/Historical/Supernatural/Coming of Age Summary: 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 daught...
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3.5 Thoughts: The Ghost Bride
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo "One evening, my father asked me if 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 daug...
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