Review of The Ghost Bride: A Novel (P. S.) by Yangsze Choo

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 384

Season Read: Summer

Synopsis:(From Amazon)ghostbride
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.

This book allows the reader to travel back in time to a place they may have only had a hint of knowledge of.  Choo expertly describes the place that Li Lan lives, allowing the reader to vividly see the streets and goings on.  The myths and old wives tales of the village are so completely intertwined with the story that one cannot help but become enraptured.

As someone brought up in western culture, there were times that I found myself a bit confused with all of the names and connections between the characters of the great Lim household, but that did not diminish the story overall.  The core of this story is Li Lan herself, her desires, and what she thinks will bring her future happiness.  While Li Lan learns more of herself and more of the past, she has to make a choice of what will be best for her in the long run: to go with the expected and hard fought for future, or step out into a completely new reality.


chooAuthor Bio: (From Amazon)
Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Due to a childhood spent in various countries, she can eavesdrop (badly) in several languages. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as a management consultant and at a startup before writing her first novel. THE GHOST BRIDE, set in colonial Malaya and the elaborate Chinese world of the afterlife, is about a peculiar historic custom called a spirit marriage.

Yangsze lives in California with her husband, two children, and a potential rabbit. She loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time.

You can always see more of what Choo has published by going to her Amazon page.

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