Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
The Astonishing Color of After is the kind of novel that you want to force on everyone you know. There is visceral sorrow and pain here, but the magic woven throughout imbues every bit of the story with just enough wonder and hope to hold you up. The writing is stunning and full of intoxicating descriptions; scenes of a giant red bird descending and the scents and sights of a Night Market in Taiwan completely blew me away. What color am I after reading this book? Technicolor.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan ($18.99*, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), recommended by Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL.