Cover image for Fox 8 : a story / George Saunders ; illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal.
Fox 8 : a story / George Saunders ; illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal.
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Fox Eight
First hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2018]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
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"Originally published as an ebook in the United States by Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC, in 2013"--Title page verso.
Idealistic Fox 8's ability to communicate in "Yuman" cannot save his pack when their den and food supply are destroyed to build a mall, so he writes a letter asking for an explanation of human's cruelty.


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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."

Author Notes

George Saunders is the author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia.

(Publisher Provided) George Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas on December 2, 1958. He received a bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering and a master's degree in creative writing from Syracuse University. He is a professor at Syracuse University and a writer of short stories, essays, novellas, and children's books. He won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004 His books include CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, In Persuasion Nation, and Tenth of December: Stories, which won the inaugural Folio Prize in 2014. His debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, received the Man Booker Prize in 2017.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This charming story from George Saunders follows a fox named Fox 8 as he teaches himself to speak the human language (known as "Yuman") by listening intently outside of their windows while children are told bedtime stories. But when a development plan for a new shopping mall threatens the food supply, Fox 8 must work to help his pack. As a narrator of his own work, Saunders hands in a reading that is straightforward and wonderfully underplayed. His tone has a youthful quality about it, and his narration is confident, making the story all the more endearing. A standout audiobook that will please listeners of all ages-from the youngest to the oldest members of any pack. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.