An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and
family, sacrifice and undying love
We have three souls, or so I’d
been told. But only in death could I confirm this …
So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935
China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral
from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside
her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise,
shining hun—who will guide
her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.
As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review
her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who
is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and
social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet
and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.
When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns
the harsh truth—that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for
disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and,
ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released
from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends
is shorter than she thought.
Suffused with history and literature, Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden
love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom. Download and start listening now!