Foreign Bodies

Hwee Hwee Tan (Author)

Product Details

Washington Square Press
Publish Date
January 01, 2000
5.22 X 0.78 X 8.8 inches | 0.91 pounds
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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.


The New York Times Book Review A gripping story...
Kirkus Reviews Witty, hip, engrossing -- and utterly astonishing both in breadth of feeling and depth of intelligence: one of the strongest and most original works of the year.
Boston Globe Audacious.
The Wall Street Journal A milestone.
Larry Beinhart author of American Hero (filmed as Wag the Dog) Hwee Hwee Tan is a child-genius and Nobel laureate embryo.
Chuck Wachtel author ofJoe the Engineer and The Gates 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.
Publishers Weekly Tan's lucid and wide-ranging first novel is a memorable portrait of disenchanted and feckless youth, a narrative that gains indelible resonance as the plot unfolds....This seductive novel moves with furious grace to a transcendent conclusion.
The New York Times Book Review Tan's prose resembles that of British writers like Helen Fielding and Nick Hornby....A promising, original debut.
The Economist A novel of distinction almost indecently accomplished for a twenty-three-year-old.
Los Angeles Times Book Review Tan digs through the irony to get at her characters' buried secrets -- their "foreign bodies" -- making us care about these precocious, clueless border-crossers.