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Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

June 9, 2013

Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo



An intriguing fantasy about a young Malaysian woman of the 1890s pursued by ghosts and exploring the afterworld of Chinese folktales.

Yangsze Choo draws on her own experience as a fourth-generation Chinese woman living in Malaysia to create a fantasy rooted in history and folklore.  In doing so, she gives us a unique story outside the usual genres of either historical fiction or fantasy.  Her story is a delightful reading experience.  Because she knows so much about her own culture, Choo is able to painlessly include information about her region of the world.  As she tells readers in her afterward, some of her depiction of Chinese beliefs about an afterworld comes from folklore and others are from her own imagination.

Li Lan is a young woman of a respected but poverty-stricken family. A wealthy family, once close to her own parents, seeks her to become the bride of a recently deceased heir.  When she refuses, the heir haunts her dreams.  Eventually she journeys to the afterworld with its strange parallels to the world she knows.

I heartily recommend Ghost Bride to all readers, especially those seeking fantasy by people of color and those interested in the lives of the Chinese and the overseas Chinese.

I read a review copy of this book courtesy of Edelweiss.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2013 10:39 am

    This looks really interesting, thanks for the review 🙂

  2. aartichapati permalink
    June 9, 2013 6:07 pm

    Always exciting to see fantasy written by and about POC. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

    • June 9, 2013 6:18 pm

      I thought of you and your diversity fantasies when I posted this. And this is a very good one.

    • June 9, 2013 6:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I think you would enjoy this one.

  3. November 17, 2013 8:52 pm

    This looks lovely. Too bad the Kindle edition is so pricey. I’ll look for it at my library.

  4. November 18, 2013 2:05 pm

    I have this one sitting in my kitchen, sounds like a really interesting book.

  5. aartichapati permalink
    November 23, 2013 10:16 am

    This seems very remotely similar to the book I read for #diversiverse, Half-World (the whole journeying to another world that is similar but not quite exactly the same). This one seems like I would enjoy it more, though. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!


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