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.
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).
Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.
A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters, The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free
Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
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]