Ghost Girl, Banana

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6.06 X 9.06 X 1.26 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author
Wiz Wharton was born in London of Chinese-European heritage. She is a prize-winning graduate of the National Film and Television School, where she studied screenwriting under filmmakers Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, and Kenith Trodd. She and her work have been featured on various broadcast platforms, including radio and television, and in print. She was the 2020 winner of the Jericho Writers' Self-Editing Your Novel Course Bursary and a finalist in the DHA New Writers' Open Week. She currently divides her time between London and the Scottish Highlands.

"Sparkling prose and a page-turning plot combined with wonderful storytelling . . . An absolutely dazzling debut." -- Julie Owen Moylan, author of That Green Eyed Girl

"An intriguing, beautifully written study of the stories we inherit. I loved being in Lily and Sook-Yin's heads, my heart breaking for them . . . I loved it!" ? -- Nikki May, author of Wahala

"A story of family, love, redemption and belonging, told with such heart and empathy. Wiz Wharton is a phenomenal talent, original, fresh, and with a pinpoint clarity to her prose that cuts right to the bone. She has created such a special book, with a story that needs to be told. Essential and utterly unforgettable." -- Fiona Scarlett, author of Boys Don't Cry

"Ghost Girl, Banana is an epic yet deeply intimate novel. I was rapt throughout, propelled by Wiz Wharton's taut, immersive prose. She swept me up in Sook-Yin and Lily's mirrored journeys of discovery, spanning decades and continents, but always I could feel the vibration of these women existing in the wider world; their stories are so skillfully shot through with the hum of change." -- Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding

"Captivating characters and lucid prose..." -- Melissa Fu, author of Peach Blossom Spring

"A gripping and evocative tale of family secrets, courage, adversity, and love." -- Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

"Londoner Lily Chen descends into the maze of 1990s Hong Kong to piece together her late mother's secret past in this slow-burning mystery....Two complex histories are nested within one another, a testament to the mutually inextricable struggles of a mother and daughter who, in life, pass each other like two ships in the night. Brimming with cinematic tension, this novel offers relationships and revelations more precious than a 500,000 pound inheritance." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Wharton's heartfelt debut centers on a British woman of Hong Kong descent trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death. . . . the pitch-perfect pacing and well-crafted protagonists will keep readers turning the pages. This is a writer to look out for."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Chinese British author Wharton presents the well-crafted story of Lily Miller; her older sister Maya; and the mystery behind a bequest of one million British pounds sterling (500,000 pounds each) made by a stranger named Hei-Fong Lee that the sisters can claim only by going to Hong Kong. . . . Wharton is skilled at creating characters . . . A debut work of historical fiction with strong storytelling that readers of Lisa See, Jamie Ford, and Gail Tsukiyama will enjoy; book groups should appreciate this first novel and look forward to Wharton's future work."
-- Library Journal

"Astonishing... beautiful and engrossing... a deftly handled mystery." -- Harper's Bazaar