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The Ghost Bride

Yangsze Choo

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.

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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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Length:

12h 7m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:40


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

12:59


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

27:49


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

14:11


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

21:11


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

13:56


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

13:20


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

17:24


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

23:22


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

20:30


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

12:04


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:32


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

17:30


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

27:42


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

15:12


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

16:05


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

12:45


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

21:26


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

18:32


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

13:33


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

18:25


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

17:26


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

13:08


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

20:50


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

22:34


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

40:29


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

21:24


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

11:56


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

20:56


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

13:26


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

20:55


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

24:05


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

28:11


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

15:08


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

15:34


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

08:40


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

13:00


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

15:28


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

18:14


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

14:25


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

04:10


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

10:27


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

01:22