Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition – the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he’s dead. After a fateful visit to the Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also her desire for the Lims’ handsome new heir. At night she is drawn into the Chinese afterlife — a world of ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, monstrous bureaucracy and vengeful spirits. Enlisting the help of mysterious Er Lang (a dragon turned clerk) Li Lan must uncover the secrets of the ghost world — before she becomes trapped there forever.
Drawing on traditional Malayan folklore and superstition, THE GHOST BRIDE is a haunting, exotic and romantic read perfect for fans of EMPRESS ORCHID and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.
As it stands, this is the one book I harbor the most anticipation for — as far as summer book releases go. It seems I’m naturally drawn to anything regarding Asian folklore, and especially to plots that deal with the afterlife. While I don’t think I’ve encountered too many books that handle similar topics, let me tell you: I’ve certainly watched enough TV shows and movies. In the least, I can’t say I’ve seen too many good ‘afterlife films,’ but most are different in their own rights, and Choo’s book sounds irresistible to me. (I’m particularly looking forward to meeting Er Lang!)
What are you waiting on?