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“A sensual, haunting story of sibling love, danger and infatuation with the unknown. . . . This is a brave and artful book, not less powerful for its economy, but perhaps even more so because of it.” Vendela Vida, New York Times Book Review
White Ghost Girls
978-0-8021-7018-7 • $13.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2006
Two sistersone theatrically bold, one cautious. Two Chinasone ancient and timeless, one modern and urgent. Two romancesone wordless, one clamorous. One summer in Hong Kong. One soaring literary debut.
Summer 1967. The turmoil of the Maoist revolution is spilling over into Hong Kong and causing unrest as war rages in neighboring Vietnam. White Ghost Girls is the story of Frankie and Kate, two American sisters living in a foreign land in a chaotic time. With their war-photographer father off in Vietnam, Marianne, their beautiful but remote mother, keeps the family close by, frightened of losing her husband to a mistress or the addiction of war itself.
Although bound by a closeness of living overseas, the sisters could not be more differentFrankie pulses with curiosity and risk, while Kate is all eyes and ears. Marianne spends her days painting watercolors of the lush surroundings, leaving the girls largely unsupervised, while their Chinese nanny, Ah Bing, does her best to look after them. One day in a village market, they decide to explorewith tragic results.
Immersed in the heat and color of Hong Kong, a city shimmering between sea and sky, it is a world of fishermen, junks, and unexplained bodies floating up in the sea, of plotting rebels, temple gods, and ghosts.
In Alice Greenway’s exquisite gem of a novel, two girls tumble into their teenage years against an extraordinary backdrop both sensuous and dangerous. This astonishing literary debut is a tale of sacrifice and solidarity that gleams with the kind of intense, complicated love that only exists between sisters.