From the book description: Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding. The fairy tales that don’t get more complicated, that is. In this book, celebrated writer Mr. Fox can’t stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels and neither can his wife, Daphne. It’s not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently. Mary challenges Mr. Fox to join her in stories of their own devising, and so, through different times and places, the two of them seek each other, find each other, thwart each other, and try to stay together even when the roles they inhabit seem to forbid it. Their adventures twist the fairy tale into nine variations, exploding and teasing conventions of genre and romance, each iteration exploring the fears that come with accepting a lifelong bond. Meanwhile, Daphne becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair and finds her way into Mary and Mr. Fox’s game. And so Mr. Fox is offered a choice: Will it be a life with the girl of his dreams or a life with an all-too-real woman who delights him more than he cares to admit?
You can read my original thoughts on the book here, and here is an interview conducted by Fantasy Matters with Oyeyemi about the book. Oyeyemi is one of my favourite authors. Born in Nigeria and raised in London, her first novel, The Icarus Girl, was published when she was 21. Now 29 years old, she has just published her fifth novel Boy, Snow, Bird. While her books are not without drawbacks, I adore her prose and her storytelling, and her characters generally intrigue me as well. Her stories will not be for everyone, but if you haven’t read anything by her, I encourage you to do so! To enter to win a copy of Mr. Fox, please see below.
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