Excellent, Young Adult, Danica Novgorodoff, Graphic Novel, Ghosts, Marriage, Family, Traditions, Quests, Relationships, China
Exciting books don’t usually open with a quote from The Economistmagazine, but this one does. Looking back at an old news story about “Ghost Marriages,” introduces readers to families who sought out the bodies of dead women to bury next to their dead unmarried sons so that they would have a companion in the next life. This opening does set up an interesting tale. Deshi, a fighter pilot and the hero of the story, is assigned to find a bride for his dead brother. He has until Sunday, the day of the funeral, to complete the task. Lucky for him there are people who, for a price, will help with such things. The bad news is that you don’t have a lot of choices when it comes to buying “eligible bodies.” Not wanting to disappoint his family Deshi looks for the perfect bride and stumbles across just who he needs, Lily Chen. Except Lily isn’t dead. In fact she very much wants to live. This couple has a lot to work out.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Undertaking of Lily Chen,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 37
, Article 1.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol37/iss11/1