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Foreign Bodies

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Publisher Comments:

Trouble often comes with a late-night phone call. So it comes to Mei, a twenty-something Singaporean lawyer about to face the greatest trial of her life. Her English boyfriend Andy, working in Singapore as a teacher, has been arrested, accused of masterminding an international betting ring. Under Singapore's draconian system of justice, he has but nine short days to prove his innocence or face life in prison. With time running out, Singapore native Eugene, Andys best friend and Mei's childhood playmate, flies in from Holland to help uncover the truth, a search that will unearth long-hidden secrets and forever challenge the moral, ethical, and spiritual framework of their lives.

Exploring the chasm between Singapore's pop culture and traditional values, the friends' Gen-X cynicism and their gnawing hunger for direction and meaning, Hwee Hwee Tan delivers a powerful novel of clashing cultures and swirling spiritual quests, in which the wit is as sharp and unafraid as the insight it offers.

Review:

"A smart and challenging book....an exciting addition to transcultural literature." Edwidge Danticat

Review:

"The world the narrators of this extraordinary novel inhabit — ours; now — tries to deny them the knowledge of how much it injures them just to live in it. In voices that are lightning fast and sharply observant, that are as uncertain as they are wise, that dare to be funny even when they should not be, they struggle to take back the meaning of their lives. This — in our particular moment in human history — makes them heroes, and makes their story a great pleasure to read." Chuck Wachtel

Review:

"Hwee Hwee Tan, though a mediocre squash player, is a child-genius and Nobel laureate in embryo. So make up polite excuses for hitting small black balls with her, but buy her books." Larry Beinhart

Review:

"Foreign Bodies explores serious themes with an enviable lightness of touch....a witty, confident, not to mention brave debut." Literary Review (London)

About the Author

Hwee Hwee Tan was born in 1974 in Singapore. She has lived in the Netherlands and studied English Literature at the University of Oxford. Her award-winning short stories have been broadcast on the BBC. She currently lives in New York City, where she is a New York Times Fellow at the NYU writing program.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671041700
Author:
Tan, Hwee Hwee
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Singapore
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Christian fiction
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
959-3rd
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 10.64 oz

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Product details 304 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780671041700 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A smart and challenging book....an exciting addition to transcultural literature."
"Review" by , "The world the narrators of this extraordinary novel inhabit — ours; now — tries to deny them the knowledge of how much it injures them just to live in it. In voices that are lightning fast and sharply observant, that are as uncertain as they are wise, that dare to be funny even when they should not be, they struggle to take back the meaning of their lives. This — in our particular moment in human history — makes them heroes, and makes their story a great pleasure to read."
"Review" by , "Hwee Hwee Tan, though a mediocre squash player, is a child-genius and Nobel laureate in embryo. So make up polite excuses for hitting small black balls with her, but buy her books."
"Review" by , "Foreign Bodies explores serious themes with an enviable lightness of touch....a witty, confident, not to mention brave debut."
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