The Astonishing Color Of After
ISBN: 031646399X
EAN13: 9780316463997
Language: English
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.73" H x 8.35" L x 5.59" W
Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Celeste Ng.

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 new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

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.--John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down

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   Beautiful portrayal of living w/ a depressed parent & language of emotions
A book that I treasure forever and that has become part of me. It is a story of identity, loss and love. It is a story of emotions and the power of true communication. It is an artistic book that touches the soul as it takes you on a journey of self-discovery. It is also the story of what it is like to live in a world where elephants find themselves under every rug. A difficult topic is handled in a respectful way. Through the use of magical elements, you accompany her on this emotional journey, wout being overwhelmed by emotions. I admit, I cried, but I also felt my heart fill with hope. This is an important book that should be discussed and discussed. When reading this, I read the first couple of discussion questions early on and it brought a deeper experience.
There is simply not enough character emotion to carry on to the end of the book. The book spoke about so much stuff that really did not add to the main story mental illnesssuicide ''. I feel that this book was a lot of fluff on a very serious issue that our society struggles with everyday. At the age of 14, my daughter committed suicide. From January 3, 2011, I have lived in this scenario daily. I have read a lot of books about this topic, both fiction and non-fiction, and this book brought me the least amount of pondering.
   Astonishing and emotionally exhausting
My Feeelings are my Friends. This is a novel that lends itself to being read in a certain mood or frame of mind. You 'll need to be in the right frame of mind to read something with a subject this deep. Leigh deals with the pain and death of her mother in very real ways and in magically real ways that remind me of the quote of JK Rowling : Of course it happens inside your head, but why on Earth should this mean not real? While things can sometimes be a little confusing, I think that Leigh is herself confused and looking for ways to cope. This was not exactly an important book, but definitely one that lends language to unknowable grief.