My co-creator Nova Ren Suma and I have officially launched the debut issue of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, at the same time as our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

ISSUE ZERO features work by New York Times bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton, National Book Award nominee Samantha Mabry, and our new voice Nora Elghazzawi (whose story was specially selected by #1 New York Times bestseller Nicola Yoon). We are so proud of this issue—please give it a read and consider donating any amount to support our endeavor!

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Today’s New York Times Book Review recommends THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER in its summer reading guide!

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Very thrilled to announce that THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is going to be published in Spain by Nocturna!

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So happy to share that THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is going to be published in Croatia by Znanje!

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER has received a STARRED review from School Library Connection!

The dichotomous flow of this novel helps to peel off the many layers of the story—death and life, challenges and memories, past and future—all intertwined and continuing to build a sophisticated plot. This is the story of the facets of love and of life. It is beautifully told as it moves between time periods as well as between the rhythms of prose and poetry. This novel has a place in all libraries.

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is going to be published in Russia by Popcorn Books!

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Check out this interview piece in Entertainment Weekly:

Why the new wave of East Asian authors is targeting YA

“Pan is one of many East Asian-American authors to recently make a splash in the YA space with highly original and culturally specific fiction. Her book is a relatively literary entry in the canon, a nearly 500-page novel set in Taiwan which combines mystical and realistic elements. The protagonist, Leigh, goes to be with her grandparents in Taiwan after her mother’s death, and — believing her mother has turned into a bird — seeks to find and speak with her, and in turn gain a better sense of self.”

THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is also featured in the April 6th print issue of Entertainment Weekly (the one with the Dawson’s Creek reunion on the cover).

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and the National Indie Bestseller List!

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER has received a STARRED review from Shelf Awareness!

Leigh and best friend Axel “figure out what the other person’s feeling” by asking ” ‘What color?’ “: “carbazole violet” for silence, “burnt orange” for anger, “Prussian blue” for hurt. Their unexpected first kiss sets off a “whole goddamn spectrum” of feelings Leigh doesn’t have time to process before falling into “the gaping black hole” of her mother’s sudden suicide.

And yet Leigh’s mother isn’t exactly dead; she’s morphed into a bird. “This isn’t like some William Faulkner stream-of-consciousness metaphorical crap,” Leigh insists, “My mother. Is literally. A bird.” Huge, red, beautiful, the bird delivers a box to Leigh from maternal grandparents she’s never met, with instructions to bring it to Taiwan for a first-ever visit.

Traveling with her Irish American father–ironically, he’s fluent in Mandarin, while English was the only language Leigh spoke with her mother–she arrives as a virtual stranger at her aging grandparents’ home. Estranged since her parents’ marriage, the fractured extended family will share haunting truths and healing revelations. In her mother’s homeland, Leigh grows into her name–Leigh being a homophone for the Mandarin lì, which means “strength.”

Debut novelist Emily X.R. Pan’s author’s note reveals her “family lost one of [their] own to suicide.” From her personal tragedy rises The Astonishing Color of After, alchemizing devastation through art, music, poetry and, most importantly, forgiveness and unconditional love. In Leigh’s mother’s recovered final message, the last, crossed-out line, “I want you to remember,” becomes a repeated rallying cry and an aching realization that “the purpose of memory… is to remind us how to live.” From the “blackest black” to astonishing “manganese blue and new gamboge yellow and quinacridone rose,” Pan offers an extraordinary journey that proves real, surreal and wholly magical. –Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon

Discover: Assisted by a huge red bird, mysterious strangers and all the people who love her, 15-year-old Leigh begins the aching journey back from the black hole of her mother’s suicide.

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THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER has received a STARRED review from School Library Journal!

Leigh comes home to the unimaginable—her mother, who has always been depressed, has committed suicide. As her grief swells, Leigh believes in her fog that her mother has not died but her mother’s spirit has now turned into a vivid bird who brings Leigh gifts, both physical and in the form of memories. Trying to put all the pieces together, her father and Leigh travel to Taiwan, where her mother immigrated from to the United States after meeting Leigh’s father. She has never met her mother’s family, and does not understand why her mother never spoke to Leigh about her parents or her childhood. Seeking answers for these questions and more, Leigh’s father leaves her in Taiwan to stay with her grandparents. The present-day is woven with flashback memories; Pan’s writing takes readers on a journey filled with so much emotion, color, and such well-developed characters with a touch of magic, readers will come to the ending drained and fulfilled at the same time. An exploration of grief and what it means to accept a loved one’s suicide, this book’s lyrical and heart-rending prose invites readers to take flight into their own lives and examine their relationships. VERDICT: Pan’s debut novel is not to be missed.”

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