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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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    Naive & Laggy Story...

    Sorry but this was NOT one of my fav books. Story was told from the point of view of a young adult so it came across very naive & laggy. Topic was interesting (the Asian belief system regarding the afterlife) but over-all, not a story I'd recommend.

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    Disappointing

    While the book was technically well written, I felt very little connection or attachment to the characters. I can't say that I would recommend it to a friend.

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    LOVELY!

    This was simply wonderful! I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me on the edge,interested and engaged. I loved all the folklore and learning so much about the traditions and beliefs. It is well written, with passion and dedication. So very easy to read,yet exciting. Looking forward to reading more from Yangsze Choo.

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    Ghost Bride

    I enjoyed this read. I did wish it went on a little longer and was a bit conflicted about the narrators final choice but overall a good book

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    The Ghost Bride

    Great book, kept me on the edge right to the end.

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