Locke, California, 1928. Three bedraggled Chinese women appear out of the mist in a small Chinese farming town on the Sacramento River. Two are unknown to its residents, while the third is the long-lost wife of Richard Fong, the handsome manager of the local gambling parlor. As the lives of the townspeople become inextricably intertwined with the newly arrived women, their frightening power is finally revealed.
An imagining of what happens when a Chinese ghost story comes true,Water Ghosts is a tale of human passions and mingling cultures. (Publisher’s description)
Shawna Yang Ryan was born in Sacramento, California. Water Ghosts, originally published as Locke 1928, is her first book. Ryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, then went on to receive an M.A. from the Creative Writing program at the University of California, Davis. She is currently one of the Distinguished Writers in Residence at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Click Here to read an interview with Shawna Yang Ryan on Water Ghosts.