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.
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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This novel is about a mentally disturbed man who is a writer. I did not like it and would not recommend it. I gave it two stars because some of the images were unusual and grammar and punctuation were in good order. There were places in the story where I did not know who was speaking. Mary Foxe is a creature of Mr. Fox's imagination but she is seen by his wife and she eats -- doesn't she? Or is Daphne, the spouse, also nuts? Or maybe she is humoring her husband? The story switches in the latter half to short stories and except for foxes being included I didn't know what the connection was to the crazy story that takes place at the opening and "finishes(?)" somewhere in the middle. Somewhere around page 86 (Nook version) Oyeyemi provides a clearer story that includes the name of the mental condition she writes about. Maybe she has the mental condition she writes about in this novel or maybe she knows someone who does? Had I done some research before buying I would not have purchased this -- even on my Nook.