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The Astonishing Color of After


  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “In this dazzling debut, author Emily X.R. Pan has created a spellbinding narrative about love, family, and what it means to grieve.”
  • “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


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