The Anchorage skyline. The events of Chia-Chia Lin’s accomplished debut novel, The Unpassing, take place in a hardscrabble village not far from Alaska’s biggest city. Photo: Alamy

Debut novel of extraordinary promise, tale of Chinese in Alaska seen through a child’s eyes has echoes of Virginia Woolf

  • In The Unpassing, San Francisco-based Chia-Chia Lin creates a shadowy world, rich in imagery, atmosphere, and the arbitrariness of life in an unfamiliar place
  • Characters are well drawn but plotting is weak in what is an outstandingly evocative literary novel whose prose is accomplished and use of metaphor powerful
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The Anchorage skyline. The events of Chia-Chia Lin’s accomplished debut novel, The Unpassing, take place in a hardscrabble village not far from Alaska’s biggest city. Photo: Alamy
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