The Astonishing Colour of After is such a great debut novel for Emily. It touches on some really hard subjects like suicide and depression and delves into how depression touches everyone in different ways no matter how their life is. Leigh's mother despite having a love for her work and family always struggled underneath it all.
The symbolism and magic in this book takes us through a journey of how the family, especially Leigh copes with the absence of her mother while she struggles to overcome the emptiness she is now feeling and the denial to let her mother go.
This book focuses a lot on the dynamics of family and loved ones and how talking to one another really can help to overcome the darkness that can take over.
Ghosts and memories play a big part of how Leigh recovers and starts to understand how to move on and let go. The different chapters are a really interesting way to mix everything in without seeming too choppy, they switch between Leigh's own memories, memories from her family and modern day. Each different chapter has a different symbol and heading to let you know what is going to happen next.