The Astonishing Color of After

The Astonishing Color of After

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a ne...

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Title:The Astonishing Color of After
Author:Emily X.R. Pan
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The Astonishing Color of After Reviews

  • Bri

    It. Is. EVERYTHING.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Beautiful and heartbreaking. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, and definitely a new favourite.

  • Emily

    This book is SO GORGEOUS (yes, the cover is beautiful, but the writing is insanely beautiful). I was mad every time I had to put it down because I wanted to immerse myself in it so fully. I loved the way the past and present (and memories and a little magic) are woven together as Leigh struggles with the loss of her mother. Leigh is an artist and this was brilliantly captured in the way that art and color are imperative to how she sees the world and tells her story. While this book deals with da

    This book is SO GORGEOUS (yes, the cover is beautiful, but the writing is insanely beautiful). I was mad every time I had to put it down because I wanted to immerse myself in it so fully. I loved the way the past and present (and memories and a little magic) are woven together as Leigh struggles with the loss of her mother. Leigh is an artist and this was brilliantly captured in the way that art and color are imperative to how she sees the world and tells her story. While this book deals with dark topics like death and suicide, there is still light and color, and that juxtaposition brought so much depth to the page.

  • Julie

    I DEVOURED this book on the plane. The writing is absolutely exquisite and heart-wrenching, and the characters well-rendered and humanly flawed. A truly moving portrait of grief, complicated family relationships, and the secrets we keep even from our loved ones. Maybe especially our loved ones. Keep an eye on this beautiful book! I predict it will win many awards and accolades in addition to the ones it already has.

  • Emily Pan

    I guess I should maybe give my own book five stars?

    THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER was chosen for the

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    There are already blurbs from some incredible authors, too:

    “Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book.”

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    I guess I should maybe give my own book five stars?

    THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER was chosen for the

    list! Check out these amazing

    :

    There are already blurbs from some incredible authors, too:

    “Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book.”

    , bestselling author of

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    “Magic and mourning, love and loss, secrets kept and secrets revealed all illuminate Emily X.R. Pan’s inventive and heart-wrenching debut.”

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    “This book mesmerized me from page one. With its lyrical writing and heartbreakingly real protagonist, The Astonishing Color of After provides a poignant reminder of grief’s power and the transcendence of love. Emily X.R. Pan utterly transported me to a world reminiscent of Isabel Allende. Haunting at every turn, this is a glorious debut.”

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    “The Astonishing Color of After is an elegant, poignant journey that crosses an ocean of memory and great loss to face the ghosts of the past and find vivid love. An extraordinary debut from a fiercely talented writer.”

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    "This beautiful, magical journey through grief made my heart take flight.”

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    My editor also wrote a beautiful letter about the book that's printed inside the ARC 😭😭😭:

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  • Liz Barnsley

    5* genuinely feels inadequate.

    This book is simply incredible. I absorbed it into my soul and cried like a baby when I finished it. There is literally nothing I can say right now without sobbing again and I have to go to work. So review to follow.

    Everybody read this book.

  • Shenwei

    😍😍😍

  • Sierra Abrams

    well. this is going to break me.

  • Lisa

    DNF'd at around 100 pages. While I like the magical realism aspect of the novel, I just didn't connect with Leigh. I think the story will definitely resonate with other readers, but for me the pacing and subject matter weren't for me.

  • Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    A character who is half-Asian and half-white... LIKE ME. *cries*

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