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The Ghost Bride


“It is safe to say that this is Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away for adultsit’s that good.” ( review)


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August 2013, William Morrow/HarperCollins (US) and Hot Key Books (UK)
Carnegie Medal nominee’s Book of the Week
Indie Next List pick
Barnes & Noble Fall ‘13 Discover Great New Writers selection
Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Best Fantasy
Glamour Magazine 2013 Beach Read
Good Housekeeping Magazine Book Pick
The Bookseller Editor’s Pick
Library Journal Barbara’s Pick

One evening,
my father asked me if I would
like to become a ghost bride…

Li Lan, a young Chinese woman, lives in 1890s colonial 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 opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s 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. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets, before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

“Choo’s clear and charming style creates an alternate reality where the stakes are just as high as in the real world, combining grounded period storytelling with the supernatural.”
Publishers Weekly

“The Ghost Bride begins as a historical novel but takes an unexpected turn into a fantastical, ghost-and-murder mystery. What makes all this work is the sumptuous world of Chinese émigré culture and the love story that flows under it all—the kind so full of longing, the pages practically sigh as you turn each one.”’s Book of the Week

“…from whodunit to ghost story to coming-of-age to romance, there is enough plot to fill several more novels. But the beguiling tale of Li Lan navigating both the land of the dead and the territory of her own heart makes you hope Choo is the author who writes all of them.” 
USA Today

“‘The Ghost Bride’, an impressive first novel, takes readers on one of the wildest rides since Alice fell down the rabbit hole.” San Jose Mercury News

“This first foray into novel writing was worth the wait—The Ghost Bride is a sublime and mysterious page-turner, full of intrigue and the complications of life on earth and beyond.” Kirkus feature

“Choo’s fascinating debut . . . rich in Chinese folklore, mores and the supernatural…intriguing and enlightening. A haunting debut.” Kirkus Reviews

“Choo’s remarkably strong and arresting first novel…is sure to garner much well-deserved attention.” Booklist

Read the first chapter, or hear the audio version!


Updates on my writing journey:

What to Eat if Your Book is Nominated for an Award?

So What Do Authors Wear, Anyway?

Recording My Audio Book (and hear the first chapter!)

Doing Author-Type Things

A Visit to My Publisher

What is a Bound Proof Anyway?

235 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brenda Tata #

    I haven’t read much fiction lately but picked your book up from the sale table at Barnes & Noble on a whim. I hadn’t heard anything about it. Rarely have I enjoyed a book more than this one! I was captivated from the beginning and read it much too quickly. I was reluctant to leave the world of the Ghost Bride! Marvelous in every way. I am recommending it to my four daughters. Thank you so very much. I wish you continued success and will look for more books written by you in the future.

    August 11, 2015
    • Hi Brenda,

      Thank you so much! It’s always fun to pick books up on a whim (I’ve discovered some of my all-time favorite writers, like Jhumpa Lahiri and Rohinton Mistry, this way!) and I’m honored and delighted that you enjoyed it. I will try my best to finish writing my next book :)

      August 14, 2015

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