Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

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Mr Fox explores how stories can hurt or heal. Stealthy as a fox, this novel creeps into the imagination.


Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists

From the prizewinning young writer of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, a brilliant and inventive story of love, lies, and inspiration.

Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding, and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, the celebrated writer Mr. Fox can't stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. It's 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 in 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 Helen Oyeyemi

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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.
Published September 29, 2011 by Riverhead Hardcover. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on May 12 2012

Mr Fox explores how stories can hurt or heal. Stealthy as a fox, this novel creeps into the imagination.

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