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About Yangsze


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Yangsze Choo is a NYTimes bestselling novelist and a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Due to a childhood spent in various countries, she can eavesdrop (badly) in several languages. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in various corporate jobs and had a briefcase before writing her first novel. THE GHOST BRIDE, (August 2013 William Morrow/Hot Key UK) set in colonial Malaya and the elaborate Chinese world of the afterlife, is about a peculiar historic custom called a spirit marriage. It is currently in production as a Netflix Original series. 

Her second novel, THE NIGHT TIGER, is set in 1930s colonial Malaya and is about an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy and a beautiful dancehall girl who must unravel the mystery of a missing finger.  THE NIGHT TIGER (February 2019 Flatiron Books and Quercus UK) is Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine’s Book Club Pick for April 2019, as well as Amazon’s Spotlight Pick for Best Book of the Month, February 2019.

Yangsze loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time. She lives in California with her husband and children, and several chickens. Yangsze is represented by literary agent Jenny Bent.

Unofficial Version:


Actually, I just like food a lot. This candid shot is from a lovely party where you can see everybody else is interacting with other people. I am interacting with a piece of cake…

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  1. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing problems with your
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    August 19, 2019
  2. hart #

    really enjoyed this book I hope there is a sequel.

    January 1, 2020
    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!❤️

      January 10, 2020
  3. Aoshiblue #

    I just saw on Netflix there is a new series called the Ghost Bride and seems to be based on your book since the main character is Li Lan! Can you tell more about this? Since the first season is shown as Volume 1, does that mean we will finally have a second book coming?

    January 9, 2020
    • Yes, the series is indeed based on my book (though it will have a slightly different storyline)! I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to watch it. In fact, I’m heading to Taipei next week for the Netflix premiere! As for a sequel to The Ghost Bride, I’m afraid there isn’t one yet… I’ve currently working on a different novel, which I hope you’ll also enjoy, and am open to writing a sequel in the future! 🥰

      January 10, 2020
    • abi #

      please write a sequel!!! i am heart sick for er lang. hahahahaha. how could you not write about their life together 😭 😦

      January 20, 2020
  4. Jeremy #

    Having lived for several years in Malaysia, Your charm for capturing the food, architecture, culture and colonial history made me nostalgic. Thanks for writing this beautiful story. I really enjoyed how you managed to subvert the “Sherlock” style genre. It really is a universal tale which offers a critique of the social mores and gender norms of women in South East Asia while cleverly paying homage to Confucian values. I also liked the witty humor that is woven well throughout the story. Looking forward to more historical fiction like this with strong intelligent heroines.

    January 16, 2020
    • How lovely to hear that it brought back memories for you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book, as I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes myself (and have longed to write a mystery since I was a child)! I will try my best to keep writing 😊

      January 17, 2020

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