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Heart-warming and spine-chilling
on 23 December 2016
Mr. Fox blends variations on the Bluebeard myth with a meditation on inspiration and intimacy explored through the character of St John Fox, a 1930s American novelist, whose imaginary muse, Mary Foxe, comes to life and starts to talk back to him. Over the course of the book she moves from being words on a page or a voice in the head to a flesh-and-blood woman with a penchant for trying on hats. She and Mr Fox engage in a battle of hearts and wits, much to the confusion of Mrs Fox – Daphne - who experiences Mary variously as her husband's insanity, her own haunting, and a conduit for liberation.
This strange Gothic threesome forms the basis for Helen Oyeyemi’s novel, anyone familiar with Oyeyemi’s work will be aware of her Cubanist, postmodern writing style (The Icarus Girl which is the perfect place to start if you are new to Oyeyemi) which explores the disturbing theme of women being murdered and dismembered by men in fairy tales, structurally it is purposefully disjointed and creates the intended feeling of dislocation as much for the reader as the characters but it's also funny, shocking, ironic, heart-warming and spine-chilling.