Ghost Bride Intl Indigo Ed, The

by Yangsze Choo

HarperCollins US | August 22, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Ghost Bride Intl Indigo Ed, The is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.

Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.

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.

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 and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 in

Published: August 22, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006232196X

ISBN - 13: 9780062321961

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Superb.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible and very satisfying tale! I read this book in just a few days, I could not put the book down! This is a whole different genre on its own. It's a mix of history, fantasy, and suspense. Li Lan has desires to marry the man of her dreams but everything that can go wrong does go wrong and she has to overcome the obstacles, and make very tough decisions. If you like this book you will most likely love Peony In Love by Lisa See as well.
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique I really enjoyed this novel. I chose it because I wanted more insight into Chinese culture of the past. I believe it did incorporate some elements of traditional Chinese culture but I was also pleasantly surprised at the supernatural elements that were woven in. I am not sure that I truly understood it, but it gave me food for thought.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This glimpse into an uncommon but intriguing old Chinese custom, a live person marrying a dead one, paints vivid well-imagined places of the afterlife. In this story, the intended bride, Li Lan, must cope with the living and the dead, good and bad. She has help in both worlds, but must finally make her own decision. There are some strong characters that add depth to her plight. The author shows rich imagination to add to her well-researched facts. In the end though, I had no great empathy for the main character, felt she was not as strongly written as some of the lesser characters, which caused some of the middle parts to drag for me. An interesting premise though, mostly well done.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Haunting Masterpiece! Story Description: HarperCollins US|September 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-222732-4 Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists. Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favourable 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. My Review: The Ghost Bride, was an exhilarating ride through the afterlife in Malacca, China. I felt throughout the book that I was being pulled up a huge hill and then let down for a wild ride on the other side. Over and over throughout the book I was on this amazing journey. Li Lan, was the only daughter of a bankrupt business man whose mother had already passed away years before. Her grandmother lived with them and doted on Li Lan as her father was usually too buzzed out on opium to even carry a conversation with her. One day, Li Lan’s father asked her if she wanted to become a “ghost bride” which apparently was a folk tradition of marriages to ghosts in order to satisfy the spirits or allay a haunting. In other words, a living woman would be married to a dead man with a real wedding taking place with a “rooster” standing in for the dead bridegroom! Of course, Li Lan thought her father was joking but he was dead serious. He had been approached by a member of the Lim family, the wealthiest family in all of Malacca. If he agreed to Li Lan marrying their dead son, Lim Tiang Ching, they would pay off all his debts and provide himself and the grandmother with a comfortable living. Li Lan would live out her days in a beautiful mansion with servants at her beck and call and the all the riches she could ever hope for. Li Lan did not think this was a good idea at all and said she would not ever consent to doing that. Then, Lim Tiang Ching began invading her dreams from the other side, even showing her the beautifully decorated reception hall done in red. Li Lan told Lim Tiang Ching it wasn’t going to happen, that she would never marry him. Li Lan ends up visiting the Lim mansion and becomes even more haunted by Lim Tiang Ching but also lays eyes on Ching’s new heir, Tian Bai whom she found exceedingly handsome. Night after night, Li Lan is drawn into the afterlife. She meets Fan, a long deceased spirit she sort of befriends who helps, Li Lan but ends up turning against her later. She meets Er Lang who is not of this world either but a guardian spirit, and Master Awyoung whom I despised, along with a host of other worldly spirits. Li Lan’s trek through the ‘Plains of the Dead’ had me biting my fingernails and glancing around the room I was reading in every few minutes. The puppet servants scared me to death. Can Li Lan find out the secrets of the Lim family before her spirit is out of her body too long and is trapped in the ghostly world forever? Believe me, The Ghost Bride will keep you reading long after bedtime.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Brilliant This book was beautiful. Once I actually sat down to read it, it was impossible to tear me away. To start with the story was set up hauntingly, beginning with the eerie proposal to our heroine for an incredibly creepy proposal for her to be married to a dead man. While it was not all that uncommon for such things to be done apparently, it was stressed that such things are bad luck, and superstitions with some people run rampant. And slowly, entrancingly, the story flows forth, causing you to sway along like a snake to a charmers flute. Everything that happens has an eerie, surreal quality to it. The main character- our intrepid heroine- isn't your typical girl of the time. She displays many of the same characteristics, she's meek when she needs to be, and she knows that she really has not much control over her own fate. Not that she doesn't try in her own ways to force her life to follow her own path. Now for the story, I want to tell you EVERYTHING. But I can't. Because that would be telling. And would be horrid of me. SO GO READ THIS BOOK. Please? :)
Date published: 2013-09-06

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Ghost Bride Intl Indigo Ed, The

by Yangsze Choo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 in

Published: August 22, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006232196X

ISBN - 13: 9780062321961

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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.

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.

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 and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.

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).

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