“Fox 8” by George Saunders

4 stars

A simple, straight-forward tale told by a fox, who learns to speak and write in “yuman,” about his experiences. He lives in the woods with his fox family, but observes a human family at night through their open window. He especially watches the mom reading stories to her “pups,” which helps him comprehend their language. The removal of his woods, to build a “mawl,” and the witnessing of a shocking act of brutality upon his fox friend by two “yomans,” confounds his understanding of humanity and leads him to write his story and ask his questions to a chosen human, for whom he leaves his story to read and to respond to.

–Glenn P.

Posted in Summer Reading Adult.