Saturday, July 28, 2018
The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan
The novel is a mix of family drama and Taiwanese mysticism that sounds messy but actually gels nicely. Pan writes beautifully and expressively and this lyrical story has a lot packed inside of it. Surprisingly, the fraught and melodramatic themes of grief and regret are not so pronounced, instead the author focuses on discovering one's legacy and history (and the healing role that such a journey plays in coming to terms with loss). The result is a transcendent novel about rebirth.