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The Bay of Foxes
     

The Bay of Foxes

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by Sheila Kohler
 

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An erotic tale of passion and power and their dangerous consequences. Sheila Kohler's memoir Once We Were Sisters is now available.

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

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An erotic tale of passion and power and their dangerous consequences. Sheila Kohler's memoir Once We Were Sisters is now available.

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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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.”
From the Publisher
“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.”—A. M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven

“Her work is both spare and sensuous – understated and fraught with tension…involving the reader intensely in the narrative.”—Joyce Carol Oates, author of Them

“Patricia Highsmith meets Nadine Gordimer in this mesmerizing tale of sex, longing and murder.”—Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Death Artist

“There is a territory—fictional and psychological—that Sheila Kohler has now marked as her own. . . . I am full of admiration.”—J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize winning author of Disgrace

“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.”—Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club

“Kohler, a master of psychological intrigue, begins with an encounter in a Parisian café between the famous, sixtyish M. and a young, impoverished refugee named Dawit. The pair decamps to Sardinia’s Bay of Foxes and into a sinister affair.”Reader’s Digest

"In this elegant, sensuous, literary thriller, set in the poshest enclaves of Paris, Sardinia, and Rome... an indelibly written hommage to the art of Miss Highsmith and the talents of Mr. Ripley. This is a book to savor on every level."—Joan Schenkar, author of The Talented Miss Highsmith

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101588772
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,213,328
File size:
304 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Joan Schenkar
"In this elegant, sensuous, literary thriller, set in the poshest enclaves of Paris, Sardinia, and Rome in 1978, Sheila Kohler ignites her narrative with a fairy tale-like encounter between a poor but princely young Ethiopian refuge and a celebrated sixty-year-old Parisian novelist whose exotic history and behavior bring Marguerite Duras sharply to mind.

  
The mutual ambush of identities Kohler imagines for the boy and the Frenchwoman, the vivid exchange of  bad motives and good intentions,  make for — among other pleasures — an indelibly written hommage to the art of Miss Highsmith and the talents of  Mr. Ripley.
 
This is a book to savor on every  level."

From the Publisher
“Kohler, a master of psychological intrigue, begins with an encounter in a Parisian café between the famous, sixtyish M. and a young, impoverished refugee named Dawit. The pair decamps to Sardinia’s Bay of Foxes and into a sinister affair.”—Reader’s Digest

Meet the Author

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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The Bay of Foxes: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in ready for anything
sandiek More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Okay!" She skipped off, her beanie almost falling off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.