WHITE GHOST GIRLS

Alice Greenway

Two sisters growing together and apart into their emerging selves, one pulsing with curiosity and risk, the other watchful, all eyes and ears. Immersed in the heat and colours of 1960s Hong Kong, shimmering between sea and sky, this is a world of fishermen and plotting insurgents, temple gods and ghosts, of blinding light and dark, dark waters. Frankie is a tearaway, putting out for boys and men in a defiant attempt to win her parents’ attention. An ordinary teenager in many ways, in an extraordinary setting: the threat of communist China bubbles at the borders and the carnage in Vietnam that calls her father back time and again, like a moth to a flame. While Frankie’s behaviour becomes ever more outrageous, her reticent sister, Kate, retreats into a quiet desperation. When she does act, she endangers all to save just one soul – Frankie’s.

Explore the other winners

Shortlist announced - 21 Apr

Stay in the loop

Enter your email to be the first to know the latest news from the Women's Prize For Fiction

VOTE

Vote for your favourite #WomensPrize winner

Cast your vote for your favourite #ReadingWomen book and decide who will be our Winner of Winners in our 25th year.

Favourite book Live

  • A Spell of Winter
    5% 115 / 2.2k
  • Fugitive Pieces
    1% 45 / 2.2k
  • Larry's Party
    1% 32 / 2.2k
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood
    0% 16 / 2.2k
  • When I Lived in Modern Times
    0% 17 / 2.2k
  • The Idea of Perfection
    0% 13 / 2.2k
  • Bel Canto
    4% 91 / 2.2k
  • Property
    0% 10 / 2.2k
  • Small Island
    8% 201 / 2.2k
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
    8% 182 / 2.2k
  • On Beauty
    3% 74 / 2.2k
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
    19% 450 / 2.2k
  • The Road Home
    2% 55 / 2.2k
  • Home
    2% 52 / 2.2k
  • The Lacuna
    2% 62 / 2.2k
  • The Tiger's Wife
    1% 32 / 2.2k
  • The Song of Achilles
    11% 260 / 2.2k
  • May We Be Forgiven
    1% 32 / 2.2k
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
    2% 59 / 2.2k
  • How to be Both
    4% 101 / 2.2k
  • The Glorious Heresies
    2% 59 / 2.2k
  • The Power
    4% 112 / 2.2k
  • Home Fire
    6% 143 / 2.2k
  • An American Marriage
    4% 104 / 2.2k
Win a set of our 2020 shortlist!

Sign up for the Women's Prize for Fiction newsletter and win a stack of this year's six shortlisted books.

(We will send you occasional emails full of author interviews, extracts and audio, and you can unsubscribe anytime. Please read our privacy policy for more information).