The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride

by Yangsze Choo


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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, reminiscent of Lisa See’s Peony in Love and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter.

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.

The Ghost Bride is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062227331
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: P.S.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 86,338
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. She lives in California with her husband and their two children, and loves to eat and read (often at the same time).

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The Ghost Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good read - I couldn't put it down.  The imagery was fantastic, the plot swift and surprising, and the ending left me wanting more.  I hope to see more work in the future from Ms. Choo!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exceptional. An amazing journey into historic Malaya (Malaysia) and the fantastical world of the Chinese world of the life beyond. It was beautifully written. The characters were enjoyable and nuanced. If I would fault it at all, it would be that the ending seemed a bit short. I would love to see a sequel and this will definitely be a book I want to share with others! Cheers!
BookLover1DN More than 1 year ago
A Fabulous Book! This is a beautifully written, imaginative tale that takes place in Malaya in 1893. The story is told through the eyes of a young woman named Li Lan. Her once wealthy family has gone almost bankrupt and her father must decide if his daughter is to become a ghost bride to the recently deceased son of the wealthy Lim family. The marriage contract to Lim Tian Ching would secure a future for Li Lan and save the family. But Li Lan is horrified by the prospect. She becomes very ill and is near-death. What follows is a coming-of-age story for Li Lan as her spirit weaves from the known world to the afterlife. She hopes to learn more about the Lim family, their connection to her family, and ultimately about herself. Li Lan travels to the Plains of the Dead. It is like purgatory where the dead await judgment for their eternal life. She meets people along her journey who are sometimes very kind to her and help her and others who are just plain evil. In particular, I loved the character of Er Lang, who is unusual and not quite as he appears to be at first. It adds a small amount of comic relief to read the banter that goes on between he and Li Lan. The author, Yangsze Choo, is a gifted storyteller. Her descriptions of everything: from the flora and fauna, to the countryside (above and below ground), to the people and customs of the living and the dead, are just remarkable. Her characters are fully fleshed-out and well-developed. There is a small section at the end of the book that further explains some of the Chinese myths and customs. Full disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is truly an exceptional book and I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in about 12 hours, upon reading this book I was expecting a fictionalized historical account of Chinese culture, but was pleasantly surprised that it was a fiction with historical details. The story is haunting and easy to get lost into. I find myself rooting and surprised by the choices that our main character, Li Lan makes. I am going to strongly recommend this book, to anyone looking for a good quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent work for a new author with a unique voice. One hopes that the author will continue to explore the world crafted in this tale.
EVEmmons More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down once I started. Wonderfully written, enchanting and compelling. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal story with romantic elements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't know what to expect when I started to read but I was surprised on how I couldn't put the book down! Beautiful imagery and a great plot! I would recommend to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get lost in a ghostly world beaming with Chinese culture and lure. Ghost Bride is an imaginative story with grasping characters, suspense, death, romance, and dramatic twists and turns that keep you turning it's pages Great story, only downside is that it leaves you wanting so much more!! Hope there's more of Ms. Choo's work to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love these kind of stories because it blends fact with fiction, which i find very interesting. i would recommend this book.
JonnMnz More than 1 year ago
The author blends everything very welling this book. Part murder mystery, love story, and supernatural makes for a great book. My only complaint is that the book ends rather abruptly. It felt like the author just put down the pen without leaving a good wrap up. 
nooklooker More than 1 year ago
What a delightful find!. This book is adventure, Chinese folklore, and paranormal all rolled into one. It ended too soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out and have loaned it to several friends. Another please. I will be checking for this author to do another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I will admit the first section of the book took me a little time to get through but after that i was completely intrigued! I am amazed and left wanting more. This book was so imaginitive and I always love stories with a little history and cultural lore. I honestly hope to see more by this author.
Cassiopeia_Vuxta More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was a paranormal without being in your face about it until things worked up to that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read fairly quickly and yet stayed with me whenever I put it down. I definitely wanted just one more chapter or even a few pages at the end.(read it and see why). I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I was expecting so it kept me interested. Nice change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding read. Couldn't put it down once I started.
JanetOH More than 1 year ago
I really, really liked this story from beginning to end, which is increasingly rare for me. I'm going to re-read it soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. I did think some aspects were predictable but its the journey to that ending that was compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been a really long time since I have read a book and could not put it down. Honestly, I think it may be one of the best books I have read. Fantastic characterization, gripping story line, wonderful writing from a technical point of view, and writing that not only flowed, but that flowered with life. What a story!How I wish there could be some sort of sequel, and one can only hope Yangsze Choo will let us visit the spirit world again in another story to tell. I loved the characters, and will miss them. Read this book and get it while you can in hardcover, it's a great addition to a permanent library.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully unique story, a real page turner. I hope the author has another book in the works.
love_coffee_and_books More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books where you get swept into!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I read this year. Spent too many nights reading long into the night. Of course more on the fable side then magical. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is interesting and unique not only in the theme but in the actual way the author writes. Every so often I had to sit and reread a sentance just for the beauty in the way it was written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't the type of book I usually read so my opinion may be less reguarded. I thought the book ok. It's a good story about chinese people, culture, religion, and customs. Li Lan and her family, fallen from high society, and near poverty, hope for an arranged marriage to a wealthy heir. But balk at the proposal to a dead one. After being plagued by the dead man, Li Lan almost dies, has to go to the spirit plains, meets her dead mother, helps a non human underworld official so he will help rid her of her haunting and get her spirit back in her body. It sounds more exciting than it is. I suggest you get this book at the library, don't spend $9.00 on this book. Definantly not worth it. BTW there really is no ending. The last few lines of the book are basically, I have a monumental life changing decision to make, ok I'll do this one. So yeah, the ending was just bad.