At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


The Ghost Bride

Jenna Polito | August 15, 2013 | Story

Your book is: The Ghost Bride

You stay inside and delve into The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a debut novel set in the Malay Peninsula in the late 19th century. It tells the story of Li Lan, a girl who becomes a “ghost bride” to the recently deceased son of a wealthy family. Eventually, Li Lan finds herself drawn into the Chinese afterlife, a shadowy parallel world where she must navigate ghost cities and spiteful spirits with the help of a mysterious guardian. Riveting, and heavily influenced by Chinese folklore and fantasy, The Ghost Bride blends historical fiction, romance, and fantasy. From the first page, you feel transported to Malacca, a port city of coconut trees and dense jungle. The thought makes you smile. Who knew the most far-flung adventure would be the one accessible from the confines of your couch?

Want to go back to play again?

Have feedback? Email us at
Email Jenna Polito at
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Jenna Polito on Twitter @jenna_polito


Photography by: