The Ghost Bride

Written by:
Yangsze Choo
Narrated by:
Yangsze Choo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2013
12 hours 8 minutes
A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether 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, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. 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 Lims' 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.
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I found this book fascinating, but a bit slow in some places. I really like learning about other cultures though and stuck with it…glad I did. I found myself holding my breath in certain parts…especially when there were ox-headed demons about! When the “Erlang”character showed up in the book, I fell in love with him myself. Thank goodness, Li Lan did too.

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Kristyn L.

I loved this book. I learned so much about the culture and traditions and really enjoyed the story and characters!!

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I love this book!

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