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Ghost music

Yu, An 1992- (author.).

Summary: "From the author of the "original and electric" Braised Pork (Time), An Yu's enchanting and contemplative novel of music and mushrooms follows a former concert pianist searching for the truth about a vanished musician. For three years, Song Yan has filled the emptiness of her Beijing apartment with the tentative notes of her young piano students. She gave up on her own career as a concert pianist many years ago, but her husband Bowen, an executive at a car company, has long rebuffed her pleas to have a child. He resists even when his mother arrives from the southwestern Chinese region of Yunnan and begins her own campaign for a grandchild. As tension in the household rises, it becomes harder for Song Yan to keep her usual placid demeanor, especially since she is troubled by dreams of a doorless room she can't escape, populated only by a strange orange mushroom. When a parcel of mushrooms native to her mother-in-law's province is delivered seemingly by mistake, Song Yan sees an opportunity to bond with her, and as the packages continue to arrive every week, the women stir-fry and grill the mushrooms, adding them to soups and noodles. When a letter arrives in the mail from the sender of the mushrooms, Song Yan's world begins to tilt further into the surreal. Summoned to an uncanny, seemingly ageless house hidden in a hutong that sits in the middle of the congested city, she finds Bai Yu, a once world-famous pianist who disappeared ten years ago. A gorgeous and atmospheric novel of art and expression, grief and survival, memory and self-discovery, Ghost Music animates contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a lonely yet hopeful young woman and gives vivid color and texture to the promise of new beginnings"--

Record details

  • ISBN: 0802159621
  • ISBN: 9780802159625
  • Physical Description: 226 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2023.

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General Note:
"First published in 2022 in Great Britain by Harvill Secker"--Title page verso.
Subject: Piano teachers Fiction
Marriage Fiction
Mothers-in-law Fiction
Women pianists Fiction
Missing persons Fiction
Musicians Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Kreutz Creek Valley Library Adults YU Fiction (Text) 34261000549368 Adult Area New Available -
Martin Library Adults YU Fiction (Text)
Bookplate: Plated 2023: In Honor of Loren Kroh By Martin Library Honors Committee 2023
33454005923412 Reading Room Balcony Available -
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Adults YU Fiction (Text) 34318001217989 Adult Area Available -

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