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Ghost Girl, Banana

By Wiz Wharton
Ghost Girl, Banana by Wiz Wharton digital book - Fable

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Set between the last years of the “Chinese Windrush” in 1966 and Hong Kong’s Handover to China in 1997, a mysterious inheritance sees a young woman from London uncovering buried secrets in her late mother’s homeland in this captivating, wry debut about family, identity, and the price of belonging.

Hong Kong, 1966. Sook-Yin is exiled from Kowloon to London with orders to restore honor to her family. But as she trains to become a nurse in cold and wet England, Sook-Yin realizes that, like so many transplants, she must carve out a destiny of her own to survive.

Thirty years later in London, having lost her mother as a small child, biracial misfit Lily can only remember what Maya, her preternaturally perfect older sister, has told her about Sook-Yin. Unexpectedly named in the will of a powerful Chinese stranger, Lily embarks on a secret pilgrimage across the world to discover the lost side of her identity and claim the reward. But just as change is coming to Hong Kong, so Lily learns Maya’s secrecy about their past has deep roots, and that good fortune comes at a price.

 Heartfelt, wry and achingly real, Ghost Girl, Banana marks the stunning debut of a writer-to-watch.  

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“Short review: this book started off somewhat slow, but it ultimately turned into a highly enjoyable read. Long review: Ghost Girl, Banana by Wiz Wharton weaves together the lives of Lily and her late mother, Sook-Yin, in two different time periods and locations. After inheriting a substantial amount of money from a seemingly unknown person, Lily sets out on a journey to Hong Kong to find answers. While there, she begins to uncover the secrets of her mother's past, and ultimately, her remaining family members. The shifts between timelines may be unappealing to some folks. I typically don’t like this kind of storyline, but I didn't mind it in this book. It took a minute to get into, but as the story progressed, I became more and more engrossed. Wharton’s prose is impressive. Did I use “prose” correctly? Lol If you enjoy stories centered around family dynamics, historical contexts and cultural exploration, I think you'll like this book.”

About Wiz Wharton

Wiz Wharton was born in London of Chinese-European heritage. She is a prize-winning graduate of the National Film and Television School, where she studied screenwriting under filmmakers Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, and Kenith Trodd. She and her work have been featured on various broadcast platforms, including radio and television, and in print. She was the 2020 winner of the Jericho Writers’ Self-Editing Your Novel Course Bursary and a finalist in the DHA New Writers’ Open Week. She currently divides her time between London and the Scottish Highlands.


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