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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yangsze Choo Narrator: Yangsze Choo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9780062263346
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Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original historical fantasy 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A captivating love triangle with echoes of traditional Asian myths.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “Li Lan’s odyssey keeps her on the brink of earthly demise and keeps the reader riveted to the page.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Captivating epic…[This] impressive first novel takes readers on one of the wildest rides since Alice fell down the rabbit hole.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Choo’s clear and charming style creates an alternate reality where the stakes are just as high as in the real world, combining grounded period storytelling with the supernatural.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Choo’s remarkably strong and arresting first novel explores the concept of Chinese ‘spirit marriages’ in late-nineteenth-century Malaya through the eyes of the highly relatable Li Lan…With its gripping tangles of plot and engaging characters, this truly compelling read is sure to garner much well-deserved attention.”


  • “Choo’s fascinating debut…rich in Chinese folklore, mores and the supernatural…intriguing and enlightening. A haunting debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the August 2013 Indie Next List
  • Selected for the Fall 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice for Fantasy
  • A 2014 Mythopoeic Award Finalist
  • A Good Housekeeping Pick for August 2013
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About the Author

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard, she worked as a management consultant and at a start-up before writing her first novel. She lives in California with her husband and their two children, and loves to eat and read (often at the same time).