Braxton Church


Outstanding, Young Adult, Magical Realism, Young Adult, Emily X. R. Pan, Taiwan, Art, Artist, Colors, Memory, Family, Grandparents, Travel, Family History, Depression, Romance

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Book Review


When Leigh’s mother committed suicide, she turned into a bird—or so Leigh is convinced. At the bird’s urging, Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet the grandparents she has never known. There she learns about her mother’s past. In this incredible journey that mixes past and present, Leigh learns about her mother’s secrets, her family history, and the people and places that shaped her mother. But ultimately, she learns how to reconcile the idea of her mother as the bright and intelligent piano player with the woman who took her own life, and how Leigh can move forward with her own memories.