Leigh is sure of one thing—when her Taiwanese mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Her mother’s mysterious past unfolds as Leigh is visited by a beautiful and increasingly elusive red bird. When the bird delivers a package from Leigh’s maternal grandparents (whom she’s never met), Leigh and her dad travel to Taiwan to meet them and join them in grieving. Magic and realism intertwine as the story switches between past and present. As Leigh searches for her mother, she finds identity, recognition, and even love in the process. Leigh and best friend Axel’s love of art beautifully supplement the sorrow of loss by suicide. This book is an incredibly moving total package.

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