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Anna Metcalfe’s stories are about communication and miscommunication – between characters and across cultures. Whether about a blithely entitled English teacher in a poor Beijing school, an immigrant female taxi driver in Paris, or a young Chinese girl spouting made-up Confucian phrases to please tourists, the stories examine the assumptions we make about other people, and about ourselves.

Blind Water Pass is an auspicious debut by a superb young writer.


[There is] a patience to Metcalfe's narration, a stillness that allows space for reflection
Times Literary Supplement
Themes of displacement, isolation and failed communication run through these arresting stories
Demonstrate[s] a grasp of storytelling, language and emotional economy beyond the expectations of any debut author