Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a “ghost bride” for their son, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at what price?
Night after night, Li Lan is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, where she must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family.
Reminiscent of Lisa See’s Peony in Love and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Ghost Bride is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.
Li Lan, putri tunggal sebuah keluarga yang bangkrut, mendapat lamaran dari keluarga Lim yang kaya raya dan berkuasa. Namun calon suaminya adalah lelaki yang telah meninggal secara misterius, dan pernikahan ini dilakukan untuk menenangkan arwah penasarannya. Mengerikan memang, tapi tidak ada jalan lain untuk menjamin masa depan Li Lan.
Setelah kunjungannya ke mansion keluarga Lim, Li Lan mulai dihantui oleh calon suaminya dan dia tidak bisa lagi tidur tenang. Sedikit demi sedikit, Li Lan tertarik ke dunia arwah yang tidak hanya dihuni oleh para hantu lapar dan arwah pendendam, tapi juga para iblis penjaga berwujud banteng. Li Lan harus mengungkap rahasia kelam tentang keluarga Lim dan keluarganya sendiri, jika dia tidak mau terjebak di dunia arwah selamanya.
[Mizan, Qanita, Horor, Hantu, Setan, Terjemahan, Indonesia]
A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists
One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .
Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous 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 Lims' 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—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.