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Title: The Ghost Bride
By: Yangsze Choo
Intelligent, adventurous Li Lan, the only daughter of a scholarly but poor father, receives an unusual proposal of marriage from a wealthy Chinese Malaysian family in Malacca. Her father at first resists the notion of a “ghost marriage” between his daughter and the deceased son of the Lim family, but ... [Read more]
Posted by counterpoint on May 18, 2014
Title: The Golem and the Jinni: a novel
By: Helene Wecker
Bored with vampires and werewolves? Dive into this entertaining book about two mythical creatures who may never have been paired in a work of fiction before. A golem created in Poland and a jinni from Syria intersect in New York City (where else). The golem, whose master died on the ... [Read more]
Posted by counterpoint on Dec. 16, 2013
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