The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

High schooler Leigh is a profoundly accomplished artist. Her dad, an Irish-American professor of Asian studies, believes she is wasting her time on what her calls her hobby. Leigh’s Chinese mother, a classically trained pianist, trusts in her daughter’s abilities. But the family’s world is shattered when Leigh’s mother tragically commits suicide. With the hopes of gathering some insight after her catastrophic loss, Leigh travels to Taiwan to visit her maternal grandparents, whom she has never met. Her journey reveals an astonishing world of hope, healing and color. I recommend listening to the audio version of this novel which emphasizes the Chinese and Taiwan culture and language.

Review by KC, library staff