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About Yangsze


Official Version:

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, while writing fiction on a coffee table at home in her spare time. 

Her first novel, THE GHOST BRIDE (2013), was a Goodreads Choice finalist, CILIP Carnegie nominee,’s best book of the week, and now a Netflix Original series which was released Jan 23, 2020. Her second novel, THE NIGHT TIGER (2019), was Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick, Amazon’s Spotlight Pick, and a Book of the Month Club selection, as well as one of the best books of the year for Amazon, The Washington Review of Books, Bookpage, Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Parade, Real Simple, and Self Magazine.

Yangsze loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time. Neither of her books would have been possible without large quantities of dark chocolate. 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
      • I’m so happy that you enjoyed the book! One day I would certainly love to write about their life together and their further adventures!❤️

        February 23, 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
  5. Thank you for posting

    April 14, 2020
  6. Sha #

    I just love love and absolutely love your books.. when’s the next one coming out?? I can’t wait😭

    April 22, 2020
    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed my books and am currently working on a third novel. 🥰❤️

      April 22, 2020
      • Ann Ng #

        Can you tell us broadly what’s this book is about.?

        Can’t wait to read….

        April 22, 2020
      • I’m afraid I’m just muddling my way through it, not having an outline (as usual!). 😅I had the hardest time describing The Night Tiger to folks when I was writing it “ummm, it’s about tigers, and dancehalls, oh, and a train that goes to the world of the dead”, and am also having the same issue with my third book. Right now it’s set in Manchuria (northeast China) and Japan in 1908, but that may all change depending on where my research goes. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

        April 22, 2020
      • Sha #

        Wow… Yayyyyyy.. I’m happy.. fightoooo ohhh..

        April 22, 2020
      • Sha #

        Wow… Sounds exciting 😁

        April 22, 2020
  7. Michele #

    I loved both of your books! Actually I listened to them as audiobooks and your voice and the way you read were absolutely delightful! I’m so excited that you’re working on a third book and anxiously await it.

    July 8, 2020
    • I’m so honoured and delighted that you enjoyed the audiobooks! It was very fun to read them aloud. Thank you very much for listening! 😍

      July 9, 2020
  8. Melissa Meeks #

    I’m writing a supernatural family drama and came across Ghost Bride in my research. I’m so glad I did! I loved it so very much. Thank you for writing about this rich mythical world. I loved your protagonist’s transformation — how having seen the afterlife she couldn’t quite go back to the world of the living. A beautiful depiction of how grief and trauma can change us, preparing us for some greater challenge than we could have imagined before. Looking forward to reading the Night Tiger. Congratulations on the Hello Sunshine selection!

    July 29, 2020
    • Hi Melissa, I’m so glad you enjoyed The Ghost Bride! I wish you all the best in your research and writing —happy reading and hope The Night Tiger is fun for you too!😊

      August 1, 2020

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