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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Writer Wednesday- The Ghost Bride

Hello! It's time for Writer Wednesday, when I discuss another author and his or her book.

Today, I'm talking about The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. I was introduced to this book during the historical fiction class offered by the University of Virginia on Coursera.

Part historical fiction, part magic, part ancient Chinese beliefs, part speculation and completely unlike anything else I've ever read, The Ghost Bride made for an interesting read with brightly colored details of 1890s Malaya. Li Lan is the central character in this book and is presented with the idea of entering into a ghost marriage. What follows is a journey through life and also into the Chinese spirit world. Li Lan learns much about her family, the beliefs and what is important to her as she travels through many dimensions in the pages of this book.

Good historical fiction opens the mind to a different culture, place, time or way of thinking about something. The Ghost Bride did that for me!

My best to you all,
Megan

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