Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding, and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, celebrated writer Mr. Fox can't stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. It is not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently. Mary challenges Mr. Fox to join her in stories of their own devising; and so, through different times and places, the two of them seek each other, find each other, thwart each other, and try to stay together, even when the roles they inhabit seem to forbid it. Their adventures twist the fairy tale into nine variations, exploding and teasing conventions of genre and romance, and each iteration explores the fears that come with accepting a lifelong bond.
Meanwhile, Daphne becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair and finds her way into Mary and Mr. Fox's game. And so Mr. Fox is offered a choice: Will it be 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?
The extraordinarily gifted Helen Oyeyemi has written a love story like no other. Mr. Fox is a magical book, endlessly inventive, as witty and charming as it is profound in its truths about how we learn to be with one another.
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About the Author
Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria and raised in London. She is the author of The Icarus Girl, which was completed before her nineteenth birthday, The Opposite House, which was a nominee for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and White Is for Witching, which won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.
Carole Boyd's theater work includes a year performing with Alan Ayckbourn's Scarborough Company where she created the role of June in Way Upstream, while her television credits include Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Mystery!: Campion. Boyd also plays the notorious Lynda Snell in The Archers, is a regular reader on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please, and has won three audiobook awards for her recordings.
Funny and fresh...piercingly astute.-- "Telegraph (UK)"
This prodigiously talented writer's take on the Bluebeard myth is a piece of modern magical realism that is not just vibrantly imaginative but filled with wit and wisdom.-- "Metro (UK)"
The language is intensely vibrant, and Oyeyemi's characters almost dance on their pages...An outstanding addition to an impressive body of work.-- "Independent (London)"
The language is crystalline and the images startling, but forget any resemblance to linear logic in what is ultimately a treatise on love, on male subjugation of women, and on the creative experience.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Violence is never far away in this ambitious effort, but neither is love...Oyeyemi's dazzling, dislocating novel ends with an elemental tale of transformation.-- "Washington Post"
Charm is a quality that overflows in this novel...Oyeyemi casts her word-spell, sentence by sentence, story by story, and by the end, the oppressive lair has opened up into a shimmering landscape pulsing with life.-- "New York Times Book Review"