The Ash House
by Audrey Chin
The Tjoa ash-house intended for ancestral tables has stood at the top of Kota Cahaya's exclusive Green Hill for a century. Now it is all drooping lintels and sagging roof; a haunted house with a haunted heir in it - Arno Tjoa, a Barbie-doll fixated cripple whom Sister Mary Michael, the clairvoyant nun, has been sent to set free.
Arno believes Bing Fa – the fascinating spirit of a pipa-diva trapped in a ghost marriage to his grandfather – is the key to solving the misfortunes plaguing the house. All will be well with Girl, the comatose maid he is obsessed with, Irene Tjoa his controlling aunt, and the Tjoa fortunes if Bing Fa is released from her doll-house prison.
However, as the nun unearths the family's skeletons, she realizes it is not in her power to save everyone or everything. Who or what must be sacrificed? What must be left to turn to dust.
Set in a 21st century South East Asian port city where spirits still linger, The Ash House is the story of an overseas-Chinese merchant family haunted by the legacy of love gone wrong, with an ending both unexpected and heartbreaking.
Paperback: 256 Pages
Product Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
Published by Penguin Random House SEA