Ghost Girl, Banana

A Novel

by Wiz Wharton

On Sale: 04/25/2023

Ghost Girl, Banana

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Ghost Girl, Banana

A Novel

by Wiz Wharton

On Sale: 04/25/2023


About the Book

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.  

Critical Praise

“Sparkling prose and a page-turning plot combined with wonderful storytelling . . . An absolutely dazzling debut.”  — Julie Owen Moylan, author of That Green Eyed Girl

“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, author of Wahala

“A story of family, love, redemption and belonging, told with such heart and empathy. Wiz Wharton is a phenomenal talent, original, fresh, and with a pinpoint clarity to her prose that cuts right to the bone. She has created such a special book, with a story that needs to be told. Essential and utterly unforgettable.”  — Fiona Scarlett, author of Boys Don't Cry

Ghost Girl, Banana is an epic yet deeply intimate novel. I was rapt throughout, propelled by Wiz Wharton's taut, immersive prose. She swept me up in Sook-Yin and Lily's mirrored journeys of discovery, spanning decades and continents, but always I could feel the vibration of these women existing in the wider world; their stories are so skillfully shot through with the hum of change.”  — Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding

"Captivating characters and lucid prose..." — Melissa Fu, author of Peach Blossom Spring

"A gripping and evocative tale of family secrets, courage, adversity, and love." — Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063239746
  • ISBN 10: 0063239744
  • Imprint: HarperVia
  • On Sale: 04/25/2023
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:37.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Own Voices

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