In The Unpassing, a Taiwanese immigrant family living in Alaska is overwhelmed by a death in the family and the spectre of total financial ruin. Emotionally raw and subtly suspenseful, The Unpassing is a deeply felt family saga that dismisses the American dream for a harsher, but ultimately more profound, reality. The Unpassing was short listed for the 2019 Center for Fiction Novel and was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Southern Living, The Rumpus, The Millions, Literary Hub and Electric Literature.
Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to America with her family at a young age. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received the Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review and other journals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“. . . a singularly vast and captivating novel, beautifully written in free-flowing prose that quietly disarms . . .” — New York Times Book Review. “The Unpassing is a powerful debut from an author to watch.” — San Francisco Chronicle.