The Proper Care of Foxes
Author: Wena Poon
Level: Secondary school
Format: Paperback 200 pages
The Proper Care of Foxes was longlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize*
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.
About the Author
Wena Poon began writing fiction from an early age. Born and raised in Singapore, she has worked as a journalist and lawyer in New York, California and Hong Kong. Her first book, Lions In Winter, was listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. It was on the Straits Times Bestseller List for Fiction and nominated for the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards. She is also the author of the Biophilia series of novels. Poon graduated magna cum laude in English Literature from Harvard, obtained a degree from Harvard Law School, and practises law in the United States.
"Wickedly funny, full of little turns and surprises, warmth and humanity."
- Suchen Christine Lim, winner of the Singapore Literature Prize and author ofThe 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