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The Astonishing Color of After

(2018)
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"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, best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down)

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.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"This book mesmerized me from page one. With its lyrical writing and heartbreakingly real protagonist, The Astonishing Colour of After provides a poignant reminder of grief's power and the transcendence of love. Haunting at every turn, this is a glorious debut." - Renée Ahdieh

"This beautiful, magical journey into the heart of grief made my heart take flight." - Holly Black

"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

"This brilliantly crafted novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. A very special book." - John Green


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
ISBN: 0-316-46399-X / 978-0-316-46399-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

May 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
ISBN: 0-316-46401-5 / 978-0-316-46401-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Astonishing Colour of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
ISBN: 1-5101-0296-5 / 978-1-5101-0296-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
ISBN: 1-5491-9715-0 / 978-1-5491-9715-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After: Library Edition
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
ISBN: 1-5491-9712-6 / 978-1-5491-9712-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Astonishing Colour of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author(s): Emily X R Pan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA