Fox 8: A Story (Hardcover)
Fox 8 is a clever autodidact, ever curious. He has learned to "rite" and speak "Yuman," in hope that the humans might better understand foxes. Saunders's short story fable is both charming and serious in capturing Fox 8's voice and his desire to save his fellow foxes. The "yumans" have destroyed the woods for a "maul," leaving Fox 8 to attempt to save his friends from certain death. A fable for adults and children alike, with simple illustrations that complement the story beautifully. It doesn't succumb to the easy happy ending; instead we are left with the ambiguity of a question hanging in the air. -Greg— From Winter Gazette 2018
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo, a darkly comic short story about the unintended consequences unleashed by our quest to tame the natural world—featuring gorgeous black-and-white illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal.
Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regard with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until he develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack.
Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom The New York Times called “the writer for our time.”
About the Author
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections CivilWarLand, Pastoralia, and Tenth of December, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
Praise for George Saunders
“No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A true original—restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane.”—Jennifer Egan
“There is no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”—Dave Eggers
“Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.”—Zadie Smith
“The best short-story writer in English.”—Mary Karr
“Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”—Khaled Hosseini