The Undertaking of Lily Chen

The Undertaking of Lily Chen

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Deshi accidentally kills his older brother, Wei, by shoving him in front of a moving jeep, and his furious mother, calling on the ancient tradition of ghost marriage, demands that he find the unmarried Wei a corpse bride, a recently deceased single woman who will accompany him in the afterlife. Guilt-ridden Deshi seeks the help of a matchmaker, a grave robber, and a hospital attendant before he runs into stubborn, spirited Lily, who would make a perfect bride if she weren't so alive. Is Deshi prepared to commit murder to fulfill his mother's request? Or will he find a way to give his parents some peace while preserving his own happiness?
Publisher: New York : First Second, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596435865
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVELS UND
Characteristics: 429 p. :,col. ill. ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Under taking of Lily Chen


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May 19, 2015

Silly juvenile story, but lush graphics.

miley327 Apr 09, 2015

Decent story. Beautiful graphics.

Feb 17, 2015

is a difficult story, both because the art didn't engage me and because it deals with a lot of death but only ever follows the surface words and actions around characters. It's hard to see if the protagonist is ever haunted, until he's literally haunted in the story. Frankly, the story didn't engage me BUT the odd combination of gorgeous watercolor backgrounds and child-like figure drawings for the characters was oddly compelling. It's gritty, through and through, so be forewarned on that.

ChristchurchLib Aug 05, 2014

"In The Undertaking of Lily Chen Deshi, a hapless young man living in northern China, is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brother's death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition that has many modern adherents. Eligible dead girls are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a young--and single--woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems. The only hitch is that willful, tart-tongued Lily is still very much alive. As Deshi and Lily adventure through a breathtaking mountain landscape, meeting a host of eccentric characters and dangerous adversaries along the way, Deshi just can't decide whether to kiss the girl or to kill her." Teen Scene August 2014 newsletter

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