Emily X.R. Pan
Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times best-selling author of The Astonishing Color of After. John Green calls Pan’s debut “brilliantly crafted . . . a very special book.” Entertainment Weekly raves it is “lyrical, luminous, and heartbreaking.” Pan lives in Brooklyn, but was originally born in the Midwest to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from New York University.
MFOB FEATURED BOOK: The Astonishing Color of After
Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Alternating between reality and magic, past and present, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a luminous debut novel about finding oneself through family history, art, bravery, and love.