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Ghost Music


When Song Yan’s mother-in-law moves into the apartment she shares with her new husband Bowen, their carefully calibrated life is overturned. Family secrets are uncovered – a disappeared sister, a former wife; family plans are put on hold – can they possibly try for a child in these circumstances? Trapped and disorientated, Song Yan begins to question whether she knows anything at all about the man she chose to marry. He, in turn, withdraws from her completely. When mysterious parcels of mushrooms begin to arrive on the doorstep, purporting to arrive from a virtuoso pianist, Bai Yu, whom everyone had believed to be dead, Song Yan seizes on the invitation to track him down.

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A gorgeous Beijing-set novel of music, secrets and self-discovery

For three years, Song Yan has filled the emptiness of her Beijing apartment with the tentative notes of her young piano students. With her marriage, she gave up on her own career as a concert pianist, but her husband Bowen has long rebuffed her desire to have a child.

Instead, she must accommodate her mother-in-law, newly arrived from the province of Yunnan and bringing with her long-buried family secrets. Soon strange parcels start to show up on the doorstep and Song Yan’s dreams become troubling and claustrophobic. Striking out alone through the winter city, she finds herself pulled into the ancient hutongs to confront the source of her unease.

In a silent room within a timeless house, can she find the notes she needs to make sense of all the pain and beauty in her life?

Praise for Braised Pork:

‘Startlingly original’ Guardian
‘Intensely atmospheric’ LA Review of Books
‘Otherworldly and deeply moving’ BuzzFeed
‘Real magic’ LitHub
‘Shimmering’ Wall Street Journal
‘Rich and wild’ Observer
‘Enchanting’ Shelf Awareness
‘Electric’ TIME

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Weight 0.349 kg
Dimensions 22.4 × 14.5 × 2.4 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K