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 The Proper Care of Foxes and its author, 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, The Proper Care of Foxes, 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.
“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
“Peels away the glossy surface to expose the less expected, more complicated ties between individuals, wryly yet affectionately charting the personal maps by which they navigate an increasingly globalized world.”
– Stephanie Yap, books reporter, The Straits Times
“[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
“…her voice is distinctive: defiant, confident, quirky and devastatingly, relentlessly hip.”
– Judith Huang, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
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Established in 1997, Ethos Books is an independent book publisher based in Singapore, and an imprint of Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd, a communications and design house.
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