|Would you mind being married to a ghost?|
|Author Yangsze Choo, fourth-generation Malaysian Chinese|
In writing the story, the author used the premise of ghost marriages which were usually made between two deceased people with both families recognizing the the marriage, but there were also cases where a living person married someone who was dead.
These were usually cases where the betrothed person died, or giving the woman the rank of wife to a concubine who had produced an heir. And then there were situations where a girl, like Li Lan, entered a household to become a widow for a man who died without a wife or descendants.
It's a fun read and though I enjoyed the novel, luckily I haven't been haunted by these ghosts yet...