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This poignant novel follows Leigh Chen Sanders, who is half Asian and half white, on her journey to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time in search of her mother, who she is certain turned into a bird after her suicide. As she uncovers family secrets and tries to reconcile her grief, Leigh must navigate both real and magical elements, and the complexities of friendship and romance. The Astonishing Color of After is a powerful story about finding oneself through love, grief, art, and family history.
One of my all time favorite grief-y fiction books, The Astonishing Color of After by @exrpan – source
A heartfelt memoir meets manifesto about pregnancy loss that challenges the silence, shame, and stigma surrounding it. Written by a psychologist specializing in maternal and reproductive mental health, the book offers a poignant exploration of grief and the necessity of truth-telling. Through her own story and those of other women, the author emphasizes the transformative power of speaking openly about this ubiquitous experience.
Recommended Reading: I Had a Miscarriage by Dr. Jessica Zucker @DrZucker – source
This book tackles the taboo subject of grief and challenges the way society treats it like a disease. The author, Megan Devine, shares her insight as both a therapist and a grieving partner who lost her beloved through accidental drowning. Devine debunks traditional stages and unrealistic expectations of how grief should unfold, offering a more holistic approach to acceptance as a mystery to be honored rather than a problem to be fixed. The book offers practical guidance for managing stress and anxiety without trying to “fix” pain and provides a guide for helping those who are grieving. It's OK That You're Not OK is a valuable read for those seeking to love themselves and others better.
If you are a human being, read this book. If you want to be a better human being, read this book. #itsokyourenotok – source