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The Bay of Foxes

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An erotic tale of passion and power and their dangerous consequences

In 1978, Dawit, a young, beautiful, and educated Ethiopian refugee, roams the streets of Paris. By chance, he spots the famous French author M., who at sixty is at the height of her fame. Seduced by Dawit's grace and his moving story, M. invites him to live with her. He makes himself indispensable, or so he thinks. When M. brings him to her Sardinian villa, beside the Bay of Foxes, Dawit finds love and ...

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Overview

An erotic tale of passion and power and their dangerous consequences

In 1978, Dawit, a young, beautiful, and educated Ethiopian refugee, roams the streets of Paris. By chance, he spots the famous French author M., who at sixty is at the height of her fame. Seduced by Dawit's grace and his moving story, M. invites him to live with her. He makes himself indispensable, or so he thinks. When M. brings him to her Sardinian villa, beside the Bay of Foxes, Dawit finds love and temptation—and perfects the art of deception.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set primarily in Paris in 1978, Kohler's newest (after Children of Pithiviers) is the tale of Dawit, a beautiful, young but broke Ethiopian refugee, and M., a 60-year-old novelist who writes obsessively about her girlhood in a French African colony and her long lost Ethiopian lover. When Dawit fortuitously meets M. in a café, the latter is overcome by his striking resemblance to her old flame, and subsequently asks Dawit to come live with her. Within days, Dawit finds himself wearing M.'s clothes, offering feedback on her manuscripts, and even pretending to be his benefactor in written and telephonic correspondence. All is well until the pair retires to M.'s Italian villa on the Cala di Volpe, the titular Bay of Foxes. There, Dawit grows restless—once a slave to hunger and poverty, his improved state seems nevertheless characterized by a similar condition of bondage, something Dawit resolves to escape, whatever the cost. Set against a richly dramatic landscape and historical background, Kohler's work is rife with duplicity, jealousy, wealth, and violence, but the characters feel more like self-consciously literary creations than flesh-and-blood people. As a result, the thrills are superficial and what should shock falls flat. (June)
A. M. Homes
“Shelia Kohler's The Bay Of Foxes is a sexy subtle psychological thriller. With delicate and terrifying grace Kohler illuminates the complex hidden lives of her characters, whose needs and desires transgress the bounds of the familiar and comfortable. This seductive and wonderfully unexpected tale confirms Sheila Kohler's place as a master of the novel.”
Joyce Carol Oates
“Her work is both spare and sensuous – understated and fraught with tension…involving the reader intensely in the narrative.”
Jonathan Santlofer
“Patricia Highsmith meets Nadine Gordimer in this mesmerizing tale of sex, longing and murder.”
J. M. Coetzee
“There is a territory—fictional and psychological—that Sheila Kohler has now marked as her own. . . . I am full of admiration.”
Amy Tan
“Her stories are elegant, smooth, and gorgeously sensual, belying the tension that crackles beneath. Long after I’ve finished reading one of her stories, the image continues to pulse.”
Library Journal
After killing a prison guard to escape internment for being an "aristocratic anarchist," Dawit turns up in Paris, dirt poor and bedraggled. This beautiful son of a titled Ethiopian upper-class family charms M., a celebrated 60-year-old Parisian author, whom he accidentally meets in a café. M. adopts Dawit as her muse and asks him to live with her, spending a fortune on him and even taking him to her second home in Sardinia. Dawit develops new skills and becomes M.'s editor and secretary, but when he refuses to comply with her demands for sex—he is gay—she turns cold and distant and eventually asks him to leave. The novel climaxes in a scene of tense intrigue at the Bay of Foxes, M.'s favorite place to swim. VERDICT Writing in an elegant and sensual style, Kohler (Becoming Jane Eyre) creates a sensational novel whose audience will include—but will not be limited to—gay readers.—Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia Community P.L., OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143121015
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Kohler

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She later lived in Paris for fifteen years, where she married, completed her undergraduate degree in Literature at the Sorbonne, and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Institut Catholique. She moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned an MFA in Writing at Columbia. She currently teaches at Princeton University. Becoming Jane Eyre is her 10th book. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O’Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Her novel Cracks was nominated for an Impac Award, and has been made into a feature film to be distributed by IFC. She has been published in 8 countries.

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    Posted September 7, 2014

    Ross

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    Posted September 8, 2014

    Dakota

    She walks into her room and sits on her bed thinking.

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    Posted May 7, 2014

    Shadowclaw

    "Fine. What do i have to do?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Suspect to Alpha

    YOU ARE SOOOOOOOO DUMB! CLANS DON'T HAVE ALPHAS! THEY HAVE LEADERS! DID YOU START RP YESTERDAY? DA<_> MN! DON'T POST ANYMORE ADS IN MY PACK!

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    It is 1978 and Dawit is in Paris. But this is no fairy tale. D

    It is 1978 and Dawit is in Paris. But this is no fairy tale. Dawit is an illegal immigrant from Ethiopia where he grew up rich and secure due to his father's high position in the government. That all changed when the rebels came. Dawit went from riches to absolute poverty as his family exploded. His father dead, Dawit and his mother sent to the prisons where few ever emerge. After weeks or months of torture, Dawit manages to escape and eventually makes his way to Paris.

    In Paris, he wanders the streets penniless during the days. At night, he can sleep in an apartment crammed full of other Ethiopian immigrants and grab a few bites. One day Dawit manages to make a bit of money working for cash and wanders into a cafe where he can order a coffee and sit at peace for a while in the kind of surroundings he used to take for granted. Also there, Dawit recognizes the famous woman author, M. For some reason, when M. sees him looking at her, she beckons him over. Soon they are talking, and M. seems impressed by his beauty and obvious education. The encounter ends with her asking Dawit to come to her apartment in a few days time.

    When he goes, M. quizzes him more about his former life. She ends up offering him shelter in her apartment. Dawit's life undergoes a dramatic change. Now he acts as her secretary, arranging her life and serving as her editor. M gives hm money and buys him beautiful clothes. Dawit knows this is due to his youth and beauty, but makes an uneasy bargain.

    As summer approaches, M tells Dawit they will be going to her summer home, a villa on the island of Sardinia. Things start to fall apart. M is becoming impatient that Dawit will not give her the physical love she craves. Things escalate when Dawit falls in love with another and M starts to realise it. How far will M go to get the payback she believes is her due? What will Dawit do to maintain his precarious climb out of poverty and obscurity?

    Sheila Kohler has written a beautiful, chilling spellbinder. The writing is languorous, echoing the hot country of Dawit's birth and the island luxury he finds himself in. The question of motives, of what we owe those who help us, of reciprocation of desires, is hauntingly raised. This book is recommended for readers of general and literary fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Fox dragoneel to mirage

    She looked down at mirage, surprised. "Hello, who are you?" The fox by her side sniffed him. "Are you friend or foe?" The fox barked.

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    Posted November 28, 2012

    Capt.cody his kids and dr.robert

    Capt.cody-3 kids 1 boy 2 girls preschool and infant.dr.robert-lives at a different result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Mirage to Fox Dragoneel

    *drops down in front of u. He has silverish hair and looks 12ish.a utility belt is trapped to his waist.*

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    Posted November 30, 2012

    Drake

    Lana ill be your boyfriend.

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    Posted November 28, 2012

    Ariella

    "Okay!" She skipped off, her beanie almost falling off.

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    Posted November 30, 2012

    Lana

    Really. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Jade

    The brunette head cafe manager walked in. She is 23 and loves to read. She has blue eyes and pale skin. She is single and looking for a boyfriend.

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    Posted November 28, 2012

    Chu tain

    A chineese boy with short black hair deep brown eyes and yellowish skin.

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    Posted November 28, 2012

    Hawk Folkin

    Black hair, brick red eyes, tanned skin.

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    Posted November 29, 2012

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    Ok everybody! We need to grow our town population- so if you can, please advertise!

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