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New book details lives of women in Asia

PHUKET: A new book detailing the experiences of expatriate women living in Asia has been released.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 18 June 2014, 01:02PM

Edited by Shannon Young, an American writer living in Hong Kong, the book How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? is the first collection to explore in depth the varied and unconventional lives of expat women in East Asia.

The contributors include published authors such as Leza Lowitz, Susan Blumberg-Kason, and Suzanne Kamata as well as up-and-coming writing talents such as Edna Zhou, Ember Swift, and Saffron Marchant. 

“They are artists, filmmakers, singers, teachers, professionals, mothers, wives, and diplomats. Their stories explore love, loss, and identity, and examine what it means to be a woman abroad,” says Ms Young. 

“Their stories go far beyond the stereotypical image of a trailing spouse at brunch, and give voice to a population that is often sidelined.”

QSI International School Phuket

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? is available for purchase online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and will be available at bookshops from June 10.

The e-book costs US$9.99 and the paperback is USD$18.95.

The Phuket News has one copy of How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? to give away. To enter, email why you would like to win a copy, along with your contact details to, with “Dragonfruit” in the subject line. Entries close June 13.



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