Chia-Chia Lin with Alex Madison
One of the year’s most anticipated books, much less debuts, as cited by numerous magazines and journals, and by our own readerly barometer, Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is the story of an immigrant family from Taiwan’s struggle to keep things together during trial and tribulation in their new home in Alaska, just outside Anchorage.
“Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing is a searing, open wound of a book, marvelously alive and, quite simply, remarkable. Traversing the oftentimes brutal frontier of an isolated family living in an isolated environment, I can’t think of another novel as of late that relentlessly tackles headlong our deepest struggles for a sense of place, of home, and belonging. How do we push through grief? How do we find peace with not only our loved ones but ourselves? What sacrifices must we endure for friendship and connection? This is a story for our times. And a story unlike any other.” —Paul Yoon.
"The Unpassing is a breathtaking novel, full of characters as strong and as wild as the Alaskan landscape they inhabit. Sentence after gorgeous sentence, I was pulled into their eerie and beautiful world. Chia-Chia Lin is a remarkable writer." —Yaa Gyasi.
With Chia-Chia Lin for onstage conversation will be Seattle writer and Hugo House teacher Alex Madison.