Three Souls is so much more than an intriguing look at mid-1930s Chinese culture. The engaging characters, captivating plot and rich setting work together to make this a novel that readers can’t put down. The story flows perfectly, and the juxtaposition of the thoughts of the deceased Leiyin and her former self allow readers a depth of understanding into her character that is rare in novels. This story will linger long after the last page is read.
This unique novel is told from the perspective of recently deceased Leiyin and her three souls as they try to make their way into the afterlife. Though married and a mother, Leiyin has never forgotten her first love. When he reemerges in her life and she betrays him, she has committed a deed that keeps her from ascending into the afterlife and reincarnation. Now dead, Leiyin must find a way to atone for this betrayal and save her daughter from a terrible life that is coming. However, in doing this, Leiyin may destine herself to be trapped on Earth forever as an insane, hungry ghost. (WILLIAM MORROW, Mar., 496 pp., $16.99)