Malaysian novelist Choo-sen by Oprah

Malaysian novelist Choo-sen by Oprah
Author Yangsze Choo.

KUALA LUMPUR - Author Yangsze Choo was ecstatic when she found out that her debut novel The Ghost Bride was listed as Oprah Winfrey's "Book of the Week".

She was told of the news by her friend, who e-mailed her that the novel was among 48 books in the autumn list, of which the editors of "couldn't stop reading".

"At first, I couldn't believe it. Then I ran around the house shouting 'Oprah! Oprah!'. It was a wonderful endorsement," said the Malaysia-born Choo, who is based in California.

Her novel, a love story in the Chinese world of the dead, was described by the reviewer as "the kind so full of longing, the pages practically sigh as you turn each one".

The Ghost Bride has also earned reviews in USA Today and is listed in Barnes & Noble's Fall 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

Despite the accolade, Choo, 40, said her life had not changed much since the book came out two months ago.

"It's just the housework that has fallen by the wayside. I recently had to catch up on two weeks of ironing!" she said.

And she misses the clouds back home in Malaysia.

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