Fox 8: A Story (Hardcover)

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By George Saunders, Chelsea Cardinal (Illustrator)
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Usually when I read someone say "I laughed, I cried" about a book, I roll my eyes. Did they really? Or is that just an exaggeration to get me to pick a book off the shelf? Well in this case, I can assure you that I really did laugh while reading Fox 8. And I promise I teared up at the end as well. Saunders' titular fox tells you the story of how he learns English words ("They sounded grate! They sounded like prety music!"), discovers what a shopping "mawl" is, and desperately tries to save his den mates from a certain death caused by human development and a chronic apathy towards the natural world. And while the end is tragic, it is not hopeless. Saunders leaves it up to us to determine what we can do to protect the creatures in the world who would surely be as charming to us as Fox 8, if only we took the time to get to know them. 

— From Jen's Picks


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…

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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984818027
ISBN-10: 1984818023
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
Pages: 64
Language: English