It's an ordinary afternoon in 1938 for the celebrated American novelist St John Fox, hard at work in the study of his suburban home - until his long-absent muse wanders in. Mary Foxe (beautiful, British and 100% imaginary) is in a playfully combative mood. "You're a villain," she tells him. `A serial killer . . . can you grasp that?" Mr Fox has a predilection for murdering his heroines. Mary is determined to change his ways. And so she challenges him to join her in stories of their own devising, and the result is an exploration of love like no other. It isn't long before Mrs Daphne Fox becomes suspicious, and St John is offered a choice: a life with the girl of his dreams, or a life with an all-too-real woman who delights him more than he cares to admit. Can there be a happy ending this time? Mr Fox is a magical book, as witty as it is profound in its truths about how we learn to be with one another.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox uses a series of interconnected vignettes to capture the love triangle between wry, self-absorbed writer St. John Fox, his wife, Daphne, and his imagined muse, Mary Foxe. As his muse Mary takes form on the page, St. John struggles to maintain his already tenuous marriage. Through different time periods and characters, he writes and rewrites Mary Foxe as an embodiment of unrequited love: the young girl who removes her heart to alleviate heartache; the nanny tasked with caring for a cold, apathetic teenager; the fearful daughter reliving her father’s stories of the tragedies that befall rebellious children. Through them all is the shared and often feverish complexity that comes with sustained relationships. Oyeyemi published The Icarus Girl at just 19, so it’s no wonder that this, her fourth novel, sets a high literary bar. With clever, tender, and often poignant prose, she captures the magic and heartbreak of the love story. --Heather DileepanAbout the Author:
Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. She is the author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, and, most recently, White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.
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Book Description Picador USA, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0330536265
Book Description Picador USA, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110330536265