The Astonishing Color of After

The Astonishing Color of After Review

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 novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

Title:The Astonishing Color of After

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    Depression, I opened my mouth to say, but the word refused to take shape. Why was it so hard to talk about this? Why did my mother’s condition feel like this big secret?...“She’s forgotten how t...

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    TW: suicide, depressionSuch a beautiful debut! The writing was exquisite, I really cared for the characters, and I loved learning more about Chinese/Taiwanese culture! It was a fully immersive read th...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    can't decide on a four or a five, but like... that should say something either way?? cathartic, emotive, and gorgeously written, with a lead protagonist I absolutely adore. review to come!...

  • Emily Pan

    I guess I should maybe give my own book five stars?NEWS:THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and the Indie Bestseller list!It also was named by the Wall Street ...

  • April

    This book hit home for me. From Leigh losing her mom to how she had to grow up being biracial. Just a beautiful and heartfelt story....

  • may ?

    this is not a bad bookit’s not!! I’m enjoying it!!! however, it is VERY slow (since it is focused around Leigh’s grief), and usually, I’m fine with slow books. but I can currently feel myself ...

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I'm proud of my Asian heritage. That said, there are some things upon which the Asian culture can improve in general, and one of the major issues is how we treat mental illness. It is a stigma. It is ...

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

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

  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)

    There's no point in wishing. We can't change anything about the past. We can only remember. We can only move forward.Last December, many K-pop fans (myself included) were distraught when SHINee's Jong...

  • Eryn?

    3.75/5 My mother is a bird. This isn’t like some William Faulkner stream-of-consciousness metaphorical crap. My mother. Is literally. A bird. First of all, I love the quote above; such a phenomenal ...