The Astonishing Color of After follows the story of Leigh Chen Sanders, who is half Asian and half white. Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents after her mother takes her own life. There, she tries to come to terms with what happened and tries to find a way to heal from her grief. The issue of depression is explored deeply throughout this novel. Leigh longs to find out why her mother was sad enough to kill herself. Was it a person? A specific event?
This was a heartbreaking yet utterly beautiful story. The author delves deep into depression and sheds a light on the impact the loss of a loved one leaves behind. The plot, characters, writing, and metaphors in this book were truly outstanding. The story manages to provide us with a raw perspective on mental illness and how hard it is to explain it to other people. This book shows us that there’s no exact guide/manual to understanding mental illness; it is something much more complex than one can imagine. 5/5 stars!