The Astonishing Color of After

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author
Emily X.R. Pan currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. She is the author ofThe Astonishing Color of After and An Arrow to the Moon. Visit Emily online at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.
"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
"Magic and mourning, love and loss, secrets kept and secrets revealed all illuminate Emily X.R. Pan's inventive and heart-wrenching debut."--Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here
"An extraordinary debut from a fiercely talented writer."-- Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author of The Walls Around Us
"This beautiful, magical journey through grief made my heart take flight."-- Holly Black, bestselling author of The Cruel Prince and The Darkest Part of the Forest
"My heart has never been more pleasantly devastated. A raw and brilliant debut."-- Roshani Chokshi, bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"In this dazzling debut, author Emily X.R. Pan has created a spellbinding narrative about love, family, and what it means to grieve."--Bustle
* "Dynamic, brave Leigh emerges vividly in Pan's deft hand, and her enthralling journey through her grief glows with stunning warmth, strength, and resilience."--Booklist, starred review
* "Pan's emotionally charged debut is a compelling exploration of grief and the insidiousness of depression."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Pan's debut novel is not to be missed."--School Library Journal, starred review
* "This novel is as elegant as it is mesmerizing."--VOYA, starred review
* "Pan offers an extraordinary journey that proves real, surreal, and wholly magical."--Shelf Awareness
* "[The novel] pushes the readers' expectations in beautiful and interesting ways."--School Library Connection, starred review
"An evocative novel that captures the uncertain, unmoored feeling of existing between worlds--culturally, linguistically, ethnically, romantically, and existentially--it is also about seeking hope and finding beauty even in one's darkest hours."--Kirkus Reviews
"I am sure I will return to this book every year, just as I am sure that there will always be something new for me to find in its pages."--BookRiot
"In her debut book, Pan communicates what seems many lifetimes of wisdom: the intricacies of grief, how mental illness ripples through families and what it means to find love in the midst of so much loss."--The Daily Beast
"The story is centered on a heart-wrenching mystery, yet Pan's prose is as warm and free-flowing as Waipo's oolong tea, making this story a surprisingly uplifting one."--BookPage
"Emily X.R. Pan beautifully depicts grief in all its complexities: the numbing sadness, the rage, the confusion, and, most hauntingly, the joy."
"Through Leigh's emotional, illuminating first person narration, Emily X. R. Pan peels back the layers of her grief to expose the heart at the center. The result is a novel as lyrical as it is earnest."
"A hypnotic narrative."--Horn Book
"Emily X.R. Pan utterly transported me to a world reminiscent of Isabel Allende. Haunting at every turn, this is a glorious debut."-- Renée Ahdieh, bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
"The Astonishing Color of After works a delicate magic. Its portrayal of grief is deeply felt, and so too is its deliciously tricky romance. I loved this book."-- Marie Rutkoski, bestselling author of The Winner's Curse
"lyrical and suspenseful"--The New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Astonishing Color of After A New York Times bestsellerAn IndieBound bestsellerBustle Best of YA Books of 2018A Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel of 2018Winner of the Walter Honor AwardWinner of the APALA Honor Award