Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. She lives in California with her husband and their two children, and loves to eat and read (often at the same time).
"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
"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
"Delicate and thought-provoking . . . sure to be a hit with supernatural and historical fiction fans alike."--Library Journal
"Li Lan's odyssey keeps her on the brink of earthly demise and keeps the reader riveted to the page . . ."--New York Journal of Books
In her debut novel, Choo tells the unlikely story of a young Chinese woman who marries a dead man. No, this is not a tale of vampires or zombies, but of an ancient custom among the Chinese in Malaysia called "spirit marriage." Set in 1893 colonial Malacca, the novel follows 17-year-old Li Lan, who, like other young women her age, hopes for a lucky and prosperous marriage. The wealthy Lim family's proposal seems to be a great stroke of luck-until Li discovers that their son, Lim Tian Ching, is already dead, stricken by fever months ago. Li's father refuses the offer, but even the prospect of marriage forces her to confront the fact that she and her father are in danger of losing the comfortable middle-class life they once enjoyed. Madam Lim presses her case during the day, Lim Tian haunts Li's dreams from the afterlife, and she pines for another suitor altogether-Lim's cousin Tian Bai. When Li falls ill, she plunges into the world of the Chinese afterlife, complete with ghost cities, servants, and its own bureaucracy. 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. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.