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The Unpassing

Chia-Chia Lin.
Item #: D03074
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 288 / 2019
Publisher: FSG.
ISBN: 9780374279363
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A Taiwanese immigrant family of six struggles to make ends meet in 1980s Anchorage, Alaska, in this assured debut by Chia-Chia Lin. When ten-year-old Gavin contracts meningitis at school, he falls into a deep, nearly fatal coma. He wakes up a week later to learn that his little sister Ruby was infected, too, but did not survive. Routine takes over for the grieving family: the siblings care for each other as they befriend a neighboring family and explore the woods; distance grows between the parents as they deal with their loss separately. But things spiral when the father, increasingly guilt ridden after Ruby's death, becomes embroiled in a lawsuit, and in the ensuing chaos, what really happened to Ruby finally emerges.

 

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