An Arrow to the Moon


By Emily X.R. Pan

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Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After !

Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.

Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.

As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way.

An Arrow to the Moon, Emily X.R. Pan’s brilliant and ethereal follow-up to The Astonishing Color of After, is a story about family, love, and the magic and mystery of the moon that connects us all.



  • An IndieBound Bestseller
    An NPR Best Book

    *"In lush prose, Pan retells both the Chinese legend of Chang’e and Houyi and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The seemingly ordinary setting of “1991, in Fairbridge, Where We Lay Our Scene” opens up to a world full of mystery and magic."
    Horn Book, starred review
  • "... intricately woven tapestry of first love, intergenerational struggles, and the joys and heartaches of growing up. "
    BCCB, starred review
  • "An effortless fusion of myth and realism, coming of age and fairy tale, this haunting love story rises on gossamer wings, but cuts bone deep.”
    Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood
  • “This story really comes alive through Emily X.R. Pan's prose. Every sentence feels imbued with an ethereal magic. The two protagonists bond as they discover their family's secrets, navigate their futures and seek to understand the mysterious forces that surround them.”
    NPR's Books We Love
  • Praise for An Arrow to the Moon:

    "An Arrow to the Moon is a beautifully crafted blend of mythology and modern love story, full of stunning prose, characters who feel achingly real, and magic lurking just behind the ordinary. One of my new favorites!"
    Hannah Whitten New York Times bestselling author of For The Wolf)
  • "An extraordinary debut from a fiercely talented writer."
    Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author of The Walls Around Us
  • "Magic and mourning, love and loss, secrets kept and secrets revealed all illuminate Emily X.R. Pan's inventive and heart-wrenching debut."
    Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here
  • “A lyrical love story infused with Chinese mythology.”
    TIME Magazine

On Sale
Oct 31, 2023
Page Count
400 pages

About the Author

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Emily X.R. Pan currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. She is the author of The Astonishing Color of After and An Arrow to the Moon. Visit Emily online at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram.



“This book is 5 stars in my opinion. Everything about this book was truly amazing… The mythology was breathtaking and the romance was so pure… It ripped my heart to shreds and sewed it back together. This novel was truly unlike others I’ve read and was such an amazing reading experience from laughter to tears, this book will hold a special place in my heart.”

– Chloe, @cocochronicles420

“Honestly, I don’t even have the words necessary to talk about how much I loved An Arrow to the Moon. Pan weaves a gorgeous, lyrical, and masterful story of love, mystery, and fantasy.”

– Lili, @utopia.state.of.mind

Book Club Guide

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