The Astonishing Color of After

And now onto one of the most beautiful and moving books I read this year. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan has had a longevity in my brain that doesn’t happen very often anymore. It’s the story of Leigh whose mother has committed suicide and Leigh travels to Taiwan in an attempt to connect with her grandparents and her mother’s past.

Leigh’s mother dies and then suddenly Leigh sees this bird, this red crane, and she believes that it is her mother’s spirit. She uses the image of the bird to follow her mother and find out the truth about her life.

This book is magical realism. If that’s not your jam, this probably won’t be for you. However….. the point of this book is not the magic, it’s about Leigh’s grief and love for those around her. Heartbreaking in it’s nature and the way it is written makes the story even more sorrowful and impactful.

There’s not a whole lot more to say about this book other than it is incredibly moving and a wonderful read. If it interests you at all, pick it up, you will not be disappointed.

Published by keelinrita

A Chicago girl with a lot of feelings about fictional people.

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