Ghost Girl, Banana : worldwide buzz and rave reviews for this moving and unforgettable story of family secrets


by Wharton, Wiz | Fiction & related items
Published 18/05/2023 by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 416 pages

ISBN: 9781399700337 Category:


A GRAZIA BOOK CLUB PICK, Ghost Girl, Banana is a powerful debut novel about the family secrets unearthed by a surprise inheritance. Set between Hong Kong in the 1960s and London in the 1990s, and revealing the hidden life of a mother to her daughter, it asks questions of identity, race and belonging.

‘A real nail-biter … so winningly chronicled by Wharton’ NEW YORK TIMES’Ambitious … readers won’t be disappointed as Wharton ultimately resolves many mysteries in the book’ GUARDIAN’An astounding debut … written with emotion and astuteness, this deserves to be on book prize lists’ PRIMA1966: Sook-Yin is exiled from Kowloon to London with orders to restore honour to her family. As she strives to fit into a world that does not understand her, she realizes that survival will mean carving out a destiny of her own.

1997: Sook-Yin’s daughter Lily can barely remember the mother she lost as a small child. But when she is unexpectedly named in the will of a powerful Chinese stranger, she embarks on a secret pilgrimage to Hong Kong to discover the lost side of her identity and claim the reward. But she soon learns that the secrecy around her heritage has deep roots, and good fortune comes at a price.

‘Genuine and joyously written’ Platinum’Brilliant’ Hello!’A gripping and evocative tale of family secrets, courage, adversity and love. Sook-Yin and Lily’s stories are beautifully told and truly unforgettable . . . such accomplished storytelling and gorgeous prose. Brilliant’ Emma Stonex’An absolute wrecking ball of a novel. Ghost Girl, Banana is an enchanting, suspenseful journey through family, distance, money and betrayal. I loved it so much’ Erin Kelly’A story of family, love, redemption and belonging, told with such heart and empathy. Essential and utterly unforgettable’ Fiona Scarlett’Ghost Girl, Banana is an epic yet deeply intimate novel. I could feel the vibration of these women existing in the wider world; their stories are so skilfully shot through with the hum of change’ Kate Sawyer, author of Costa prize-shortlisted The Stranding’An intriguing, beautifully written study of the stories we inherit. I loved being in Lily and Sook-Yin’s heads, my heart breaking for them . . . I loved it!’ Nikki May’Sparkling prose and a page-turning plot combined with wonderful storytelling . . . An absolutely dazzling debut’ Julie Owen Moylan’From the first pages, I was drawn into the worlds of Lily and Sook-Yin and the stories that bind them together across the years. Wiz is a master storyteller, weaving Lily and Sook-Yin’s stories of belonging together with elegance and wit’ Ronali Collings’Fresh, funny, infuriating, heartbreaking – Ghost Girl, Banana is sure to be a massive hit. I adored it’ Emily Koch’Captivating characters and lucid prose’ Melissa Fu

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