Two pieces of news:

1.) THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is going to be translated into Portugese and published in Brazil by Universo dos Livros!

2.) It’s also a spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection!


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So excited to share these kind words from authors I love:

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

“My heart has never been more pleasantly devastated. A raw and brilliant debut.”
— Roshani Chokshi, bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is going to be published in Serbia! Yay! Here’s the official deal announcement in Publishers Marketplace:

“Serbian rights to Emily XR Pan’s THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, a debut YA novel about a girl who travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time and try to find her mother, who she is convinced turned into a bird after committing suicide, to Vulkan, by Simona Kaleva at Andrew Nurnberg Associates on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.”

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER has two new blurbs and I finally get to share them! I’m so blown away by the generosity of these amazing authors. Check out their incredibly kind words:

“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

“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

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I’m so honored to share that THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce pick! “Two panels of booksellers chose the Indies Introduce titles—10 adult and 10 children’s—as the best of the Winter / Spring 2018 debuts.”

Check out the amazing bookseller blurbs they put up:

“‘Astonishing’ is the perfect description for this book, which follows Leigh from America to Taiwan, where she meets her grandparents for the first time after her mother’s death. I was stunned by the beautiful and engaging writing in this book; the story consumed me from start to finish. It’s hard to believe that this is Emily X.R. Pan’s debut novel, especially with the perfectly executed deep and complex themes. It will definitely be a favorite among both adults and teen readers!”
-Kristen Beverly, Half Price Books (Dallas, TX)

“This is some of the most beautiful, lyrical prose I’ve read in a very long time. Reading this book was a physical experience that brought chills one minute and tears and laughter the next. Breathtaking and honest, this story of love and loss will break your heart and mend it again.”
– Stacey Haerr, Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA

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I’m so thrilled to finally share the cover of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER!! Check out the exclusive reveal over on Paste Magazine.

I also got my first three blurbs from fellow authors! I’m so grateful to Gayle Forman, Renée Ahdieh, and Nova Ren Suma for their kind words:

“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

“This book mesmerized me from page one. With its lyrical writing and heartbreakingly real protagonist, The Astonishing Color of After provides a poignant reminder of grief’s power and the transcendence of love. 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 is an elegant, poignant journey that crosses an ocean of memory and great loss to face the ghosts of the past and find vivid love. An extraordinary debut from a fiercely talented writer.”
Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author of The Walls Around Us

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I have an interview up at the READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA blog for Taiwanese American Heritage Week! In which I talk about my favorite Taiwanese food, the process of researching for THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, and more. Check it out here.

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Finally, it’s announced!!! My debut young adult novel, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, will be published by Little, Brown in the US and Orion in the UK! You can add it on Goodreads here. From the PW announcement:

“Alvina Ling at Little, Brown has bought at auction Emily X.R. Pan‘s debut YA novel The Astonishing Color of After, plus a second untitled standalone YA novel. In the first, a girl is convinced that her mother has transformed into a bird after dying by suicide, and attempts to find her in Taiwan. Publication is planned for spring 2018 with Orion publishing in the U.K.; Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management negotiated the deal for world English rights.”

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I signed with literary agent Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management! You can read about the process of finding my agent here.

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