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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.”

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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

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.

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Josh Mauthe
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A deceptively simple, funny, complex story about an animal that learns English...more or less
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2016
Here’s what I’d prefer: I’d prefer that you just trust me on this one, and go pick up “Fox 8.” It’s only 99 cents for your Kindle, it’s hilarious, and it’s a short story by maybe the most gifted short story author working today. And really, that should be enough for you –... See more
Here’s what I’d prefer: I’d prefer that you just trust me on this one, and go pick up “Fox 8.” It’s only 99 cents for your Kindle, it’s hilarious, and it’s a short story by maybe the most gifted short story author working today. And really, that should be enough for you – this one is so much fun to just read and watch unfold, the language is a joy, it’s frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and the message is heartfelt.

But I recognize that saying all of that doesn’t really qualify as a “review”, per se. So let me say a little bit more. And then, you should go buy it.

“Fox 8” takes the form of a letter written by…well, by a fox. And that’s important here, because the fox is pretty much self-taught when it comes to our language, so his spelling is…well, “creative” is great way to put it. His language is always understandable, if not quite accurate. What do I mean by that? Well, here’s how the story opens:
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Deer Reeder:

First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong. Because I am a fox! So don’t rite or spel perfect. But here is how I lerned to rite and spel as gud as I do.
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Now, you might feel like reading that for any length of time would be annoying or exhausting…and yet, it’s not. Saunders walks the tightrope between “comprehension” and “animal” perfectly, distorting his language just enough to create a rich, fully realized voice without ever detracting from the story that’s unfolding. Indeed, that voice is the source of much of the joy of “Fox 8,” as Fox 8 explains why foxes are very fair with the animals they eat, tries to bond with humans, walks you through his daydreams, and explains just how optimistic and happy most animals are. Fox 8, in fact, is an gleeful, happy narrator, and his constant optimism never gets less funny, even as he tries to acknowledge how bad things are getting for him.

Exactly what the story is here should be left to you to find out; suffice to say, it opens with Fox 8 learning how to speak “yuman,” and then reading a few signs that have appeared near the habitat of his pack. From there, the story continues; it’s never a complicated story, really, but Saunders imbues it with heart, thoughtfulness, and a rich humor that makes it constantly entertaining.

And then, just when you’re settled into the glorious absurdity of it all, “Fox 8” takes a sharp turn, one in which we find out exactly why Fox 8 is writing this story, and what he hopes to accomplish. It makes for an emotionally effective turn, largely thanks to how well Saunders has established our narrator and his worldview, and makes his reaction all the more understandable – and heartbreaking.

“Fox 8” is, as are most Saunders stories, hard to pigeonhole. It’s got a simple, fable-like quality to it that makes it completely appropriate for a child to listen, and indeed, they’ll love some of Fox 8’s silly asides and some of the windows into the life of animals. But there’s something more profound and thoughtful underneath all of it, something that makes you realize that the story is deceptive in its simplicity, offering something less simple and fable-like, and something instead more realistic and complex. In other words, it’s another beautiful short story from one of the great writers working today, and a must read for any serious reader.
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Alisa
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Funny, innocent, and yet profound
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
This book had me in tears laughing at times. The innocence and purity of animals has ever escaped me and seeing this story through the eyes of a little fox was so heartwarming. This book does pack an emotional punch though toward the end. It leaves us to question why human... See more
This book had me in tears laughing at times. The innocence and purity of animals has ever escaped me and seeing this story through the eyes of a little fox was so heartwarming. This book does pack an emotional punch though toward the end. It leaves us to question why human beings, given great gifts, are so incredibly cruel to one another and to living things in general.

If you’re looking for a book unlike anything you’ve ever read and you want it to surprise you, this book is for you.

Keep in mind, it’s narrator/writer is a fox, so his spelling and grammar is flawed haha.
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M&M and Me
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Werds of tru wisdum from Fox 8
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
George Saunders’s newest literary project is full of elation, sadness, optimism, and grief, all brought to you by the idealistic and earnest Fox 🦊 8, who learned to “speek Yuman” by watching tee vee through people’s living room windows. He is fascinated by what he learns... See more
George Saunders’s newest literary project is full of elation, sadness, optimism, and grief, all brought to you by the idealistic and earnest Fox 🦊 8, who learned to “speek Yuman” by watching tee vee through people’s living room windows. He is fascinated by what he learns as he ventures ever closer to the Yuman world.
But Fox 8’s enthusiasm for Yumans sours as human development encroaches on and begins to destroy the peaceful homes of Fox 8 and his den. In a bid to save his pack, Fox 8 and a friend bravely hed to the Mawl for inspiration and assistance. But what they encounter there changes the lives of Fox 8 and his friend forever...
Saunders’s novella offers a brilliant and poignant perspective on the ways in which urban development thhh
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The story of a clever fox’s coming of age
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
Fox 8 is a novella about a fox so fascinated by humans that he spends hours watching a family through a window. His observations teach him to talk, write, and read. His misadventures begin when he and another fox go to the mall to look for food, their natural source of... See more
Fox 8 is a novella about a fox so fascinated by humans that he spends hours watching a family through a window. His observations teach him to talk, write, and read. His misadventures begin when he and another fox go to the mall to look for food, their natural source of food having been destroyed by the mall’s construction. Shortly thereafter, Fox 8’s friend meets a horrible end, and Fox 8 runs for his life, shocked and horrified by the cruelty of humans. Some may dismiss this fable as didactic, but perhaps we need to be reminded of our insensivity to the natural world and its inhabitants. I especially enjoyed Fox 8’s creative use of language, reminiscent of Russell Hoban’s Ridley Walker.
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Enjoyable, weird little experimental and sentimental story.
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
Completely unexpected. I had no prior knowledge of the author or the story, just saw it on Amazon and figured I should probably read it— considering I have a thing with foxes. I studied English literature, creative writing, and environmental philosophy in school—... See more
Completely unexpected. I had no prior knowledge of the author or the story, just saw it on Amazon and figured I should probably read it— considering I have a thing with foxes.

I studied English literature, creative writing, and environmental philosophy in school— all of these topics were, somehow, concisely approached within this little story.

I think the deliberate misspelling (since the narrator is, well, a fox and he learns our language solely auditorial) might be offputting to some, or gratuitous. But I think it would have seemed odd if the majority of the language wasn’t misspelled. The spelling errors are a part of what gives Fox 8 his “voice,” so to speak.

The story is sad. And it’s sad because, despite being about a fox, these painful experiences (and subsequent sorrow) are practically synonymous with those we, as human beings, have gone through. More importantly though, it encapsulates that moment of lost innocence, that transition from child to adult, when we first notice the irreconcilable unpleasantness and sadness in the world— everything no longer appears fun or amazing. Fox 8 stands in as a surrogate childlike view and, his despair, a reflection of that painful component of aging and maturing.
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AquiFer
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Fantastic read-along!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2019
By mistake I ordered two of these (gotta make sure the default setting is 1, not 2), but I''m sure glad I did. First I read it aloud with my 21-year-old daughter, taking turns, one page each, alternating. She asked me if she could keep it, to read with her peers. "Sure, Hun!... See more
By mistake I ordered two of these (gotta make sure the default setting is 1, not 2), but I''m sure glad I did. First I read it aloud with my 21-year-old daughter, taking turns, one page each, alternating. She asked me if she could keep it, to read with her peers. "Sure, Hun! I have another one!" Then I gave the other to my brother to read aloud with his grandkids. He said, "Yeah, but I''d like to see you reading to them." So I''m going to get a third copy.

Because of the inventive spelling, it is best read with the listeners sitting next to the reader.
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Virtualrealist
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Dear Fox 8, I love you.
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
From the opening line, this short story grabbed my heart and held on tight. I liked the funky spelling because it served as a reminder that this was not just any old storyteller. This one was special. In fact, I had a voice in my head that was conjured by those werds as... See more
From the opening line, this short story grabbed my heart and held on tight. I liked the funky spelling because it served as a reminder that this was not just any old storyteller. This one was special. In fact, I had a voice in my head that was conjured by those werds as if Fox 8 were telling me the story himself. The mental images were very Wes Anderson but that probably says more about me than the story. Finally, I completely stand behind the message of the book. If everyone did, we''d all be better off.
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Daydreaming Fox Channels GS
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2014
Five things about this book: 1. Watership Down but shorter and with foxes. 2. If animals and yumans could understand each other, maybe the latter wouldn''t be such arrogant jerks. 3. This story is funny, sweet, sad, with a bit of hope that can touch a cynic''s... See more
Five things about this book:
1. Watership Down but shorter and with foxes.
2. If animals and yumans could understand each other, maybe the latter wouldn''t be such arrogant jerks.
3. This story is funny, sweet, sad, with a bit of hope that can touch a cynic''s heart.
4. Fox 8 needs to discover spellcheck.
5. Would definitely recommend to fans and those new to this author.
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J. Hopwood
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not worth the highly overrated reviews or price!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2018
So......this is a George Saunders book, winner of the Man Booker Prize, a highly acclaimed author. And that is why he can write this drivel and pass it off as some kind of literary work of pure genius, whilst charging a ridiculous price for the honour of owning it. I was...See more
So......this is a George Saunders book, winner of the Man Booker Prize, a highly acclaimed author. And that is why he can write this drivel and pass it off as some kind of literary work of pure genius, whilst charging a ridiculous price for the honour of owning it. I was expecting more, especially having read a few reviews which raved about it - the hardback book is small, smaller than A5 and it runs to 42 written pages, most of which have an illustration on them as well. There are three pages given purely to illustration within the book. There are 10 additional pages at the beginning - 5 of which are blank, the rest have the title on them....twice! Also information such as publishing details and authors previous titles. There are 11 additional pages at the back - 9 of which are blank, the rest have details about the author and one about the typeface. This does not include the inside front and back facings. It took me a mere 30 minutes to read my £9.99 book, that equates to about 33p a minute of reading. And for what..........? The story is about Fox 8 who has learned to speak "Yuman" - it is Fox 8 who provides the narrative in his Yuman-speak language. Written phonetically in places, but elsewhere in perfect English (such a clever fox), portraying how Fox 8 has acquired this skill by listening at the window of a luving Yuman woman reading to her pup, and his experiences of Yumans, which are not in any way particularly pleasant. In itself it is a simple, not even salutary tale, quite dark and depressing in places with no happy ending. In the words of Fox 8 "If you want your Storys to end happy, try being niser" I guess the message Saunders is attempting to get across here is to respect all animals, even foxes who now live alongside us in our urban settings, yet are often treated with contempt as vermin. You cannot tame the natural world and seen from the perspective of a wild animal it offers a sad counterpoint, seeing its pride in having acquired a skill which it does not really understand. I cannot say if this is a YA book or an adult book. It is written in the style of a childrens book (I am sure a child could have even written it), but I question, does the underlying message get through to its intended target audience? It is lauded as "darkly comic", but it did not make me smile one little bit. I concluded disappointingly thinking "I spent £9.99 on this load of twaddle and 14 blank sheets of paper?????" the message not lost on me, but thinking "did I spend all that to line this man''s pockets only to read the bleeding obvious?"
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B. Bailey
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Initially I was surprised at how much dislike this has garnered from reviewers on Goodreads
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2016
Initially I was surprised at how much dislike this has garnered from reviewers on Goodreads, this is a George Saunders after all, one of the hottest authors to brown-nose in 2013! But then I read the reviews and I''m not surprised at all. They are all looking for deeper...See more
Initially I was surprised at how much dislike this has garnered from reviewers on Goodreads, this is a George Saunders after all, one of the hottest authors to brown-nose in 2013! But then I read the reviews and I''m not surprised at all. They are all looking for deeper hiding means, comparing the style to a million previous weird uses of language and looking for meta-meta-meta-fiction. My opinion: This is a great little tale, clearly a experiment but one that undeniably works, it had me laughing all the way through, it was actually slightly poignant, and that some people have lost the ability to just enjoy a good story when it''s in front of their eyes.
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Pat Haddock
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The imagination and humour from a Fox !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2018
I loved this book so much . I bought more than one to give as a present . The humour is just wonderful as is the spelling .!! A book to share and read again and again .
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Hannah Banks
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A perfect gift for fox lovers.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2020
As a lover of all things fox, this was the perfect little gift to myself. It was lovely to read from the perspective of the animal and how simple it communicates, what made it extra special was the fact it had been written as though the fox had written it it’s self...See more
As a lover of all things fox, this was the perfect little gift to myself. It was lovely to read from the perspective of the animal and how simple it communicates, what made it extra special was the fact it had been written as though the fox had written it it’s self including all the spelling mistakes. The illustrations were just the icing on the cake.
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Penny Chadgidakis
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Quirky little story...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2019
I was asked to read this by my book club, so I did, during one evening on holiday. I''d been told it was short, but it was even shorter than I was expecting! However...I did like it...once I got used to the style of writing! It''s a story with a message...and I liked its...See more
I was asked to read this by my book club, so I did, during one evening on holiday. I''d been told it was short, but it was even shorter than I was expecting! However...I did like it...once I got used to the style of writing! It''s a story with a message...and I liked its quirkiness...
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