The Proper Care of Foxes

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Longlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize

Shortlisted for the 2010 Singapore Literature Prize (English Books) 

Step into the quirky, tender, luminous world of Wena Poon.

In California, a dot com executive falls in love with an Asian barista in a coffee joint. In Malaysia, a Chinese woman boards a plane to London for sex tourism. In New York, an English couple abandons their baby at the door of a Japanese restaurant. In New Hampshire, a depressed transvestite snowboards into an avalanche in emulation of his favorite opera heroine.

Poon’s first book, Lions In Winter, was listed for both the 2008 Irish Frank O’Connor Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. In her second book, Poon writes of chance encounters and impossible romances in the digital age. Her characters are beautiful, damaged, funny, serious, and always relentlessly cool. Wry, observant and assured, this is contemporary storytelling at its exhilarating best.



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"Wickedly funny, full of little turns and surprises, warmth and humanity." - Suchen Christine Lim, winner of the Singapore Literature Prize and author of The Lies That Build A Marriage

"The sassiest of writers. Her characters don’t just “live”, they bounce off the page and pour themselves a drink. Poon has a real, enviable gift." - Vanessa Gebbie, winner of the Daily Telegraph First Novel award, the Fish Short Story Prize and author of Words from a Glass Bubble

"Goes round the world like a well-travelled passport, stamped with humour, compassion and wit. A perfect travelling companion." - Simon Robson, winner of the Edge Hill Prize and author of The Separate Heart

"[The Proper Care of Foxes] examines personal motivation, self-awareness, the clash of difference and dislocated lives (dislocated generations and cultures, even) with humour and, often, with a delicate touch which makes for engaging reading." - Katherine Foster, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal


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