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Publisher Description

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.”

Fiction & Literature
April 9
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

luckysimi ,

Reeding Your Mind

The buty in this guy is that he can geddin ur mind and no wut u r think in. Then he rites it down and u r like wow!. That guy nose wut I am think in. And he nose wutthey r thin in. And wut. He is think in is about the hole whirl and may B how to fix it. He is he first twentieth century writer i have ever read. He shud be red by ever e one!!
I have also read his book THE TENTH OF DECEMBER and was awed by its depth and simplicity. This story is a short temptation of the wonderful compilation of werds (words) he puts together.

Amazingbob5 ,

Truly insightful

I was looking for a good book about foxes and found this one and it is the best decision I have made in a long time. It shows how people have put mean stereotypes and shows the cruelness of our abuse towards these animals. It is a must-read by everyone, and please take in the meaning of this story to heart, it is truly insightful.

Laci R. ,


I’m not able to put in words exactly how I feel after reading this. Of course, it took only about 30 min to finish. There were times I “woslike”... this is dumb. Lol It obviously wasn’t dumb enough to put down. It’s just different. I’m only giving it 3 stars because I’m writing this still wondering, “What did I just read?” I’m struggling with the purpose of this story I guess. This is my first short story read though and I’m coming from reading intense novels.

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