Fox 8 (Hardcover)
An enchanting and darkly comic fable of human greed and nature, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo, exquisitely illustrated by Chelsea Cardinal
Fox 8 has always been curious, and a bit of a daydreamer. And, by hiding outside houses at dusk and listening to children's bedtime stories, he has learned to speak 'Yuman'.
The power of words and the stories built from them is intoxicating for a fox with a poetic soul, but there is 'danjur' on the horizon: a new shopping mall is being built, cutting off his pack's food supply. To save himself and his fellow foxes, Fox 8 will have to set out on a harrowing quest from the wilds of nature deep into the dark heart of suburbia.
Saunders is that rare writer who is utterly original, inventive - yet accessible - with a grasp on the human condition only found elsewhere in Tolstoy and Chekhov. Charming and funny . It is also sweetly naïve and throws a light on hypocrisies and ridiculousness as well as making the reader view everyday things a little differently, in a childlike way . The story is wonderfully illustrated by Chelsea Cardinal, which adds to the fairy tale feel (i paper)
Here is a writer whose output varies widely in theme and style, but where the unifying element is the deep sense of goodness that radiates from it . Reading Saunders is moral education . It's a story that can and will be read by children - my own 10-year-old love it - but it's also a book of deep, complex truths . Very funny . A story about cultural difference and tribalism, about greed and the destruction of the American landscape (Alex Preston Observer)
Very funny . With Fox 8, Saunders does something one might, in isolation, think it almost impossible for a book to do, which is to resensitise the reader to violence (Guardian)
When it comes to delivering pathos, humour and character with trip-along efficiency, underestimate Saunders at your peril . Saunders is a masta at werk (Esquire)
What starts as a sweet, idiosyncratic tale quickly becomes bleak and brutal as it emerges that Fox 8 is an émigré's tale. It'll take you an hour to read but will stay with you far longer (Metro)
A sweet little morality tale about disillusionment, cruelty, inequality and, finally, hope . It feels like literature enacted as a form of activism. Not many writers could get away with this, but somehow Saunders carries it off (Evening Standard)
Remarkable . From the opening sentence, Fox's voice leaps off the page . Saunders is a master of narration, and Fox's voice is perfectly pitched (Scotsman)
Tugs the heartstrings (Daily Mail)
A sweet and simple book. It has a lot of charm, and, as one would expect, a degree of melancholy and anger given Saunders' previous work . There are aspects of eccentricity, inquisitiveness, innovation and ingenuousness about the rest of the fable . By the end, we have a happier, sadder, wiser Fox and no easy endings (Scotland on Sunday)
Part of the reason it's so hard to talk about him is the shared acknowledgment among writers that Saunders is somehow a little more than just a writer. . . . [He] writes like something of a saint. He seems in touch with some better being (Joshua Ferris)