Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine’s Book Club Pick, NYTimes and Publishers Weekly Bestseller, Amazon’s Spotlight Pick for Best Book of the Month, Book of the Month Club, Starred Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and Booklist reviews.
“Mythical creatures, conversations with the dead, lucky numbers, Confucian virtues, and forbidden love provide the backdrop for Choo’s superb murder mystery. Mining the rich setting of colonial Malaysia, Choo wonderfully combines a Holmes-esque plot with Chinese lore.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred, boxed review)
“Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.” —Kirkus (starred review)
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.