Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship (Hardcover)

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This debut is beautiful and moving. Catherine's relationship to Fox, the natural world, and civilization will give every reader so much to think about. I love that she tells part of the story from Fox's perspective; her writing sings in every chapter, but the sheer imagination and empathy of those sections blew me away.  I also loved how Raven's descriptions resonates so perfectly with her writing about favorite books ("The Little Prince," "Moby-Dick," and "Horton Hears a Who"). 

Although this book is unlike anything else I've read before, it gave me some of the frissons of recognition and awe that I got from reading the works of Farley Mowat and Azar Nafisi-- Mowat for his personal observations and love of wild things and Nafisi for her interpretations of literature. 

This is one of my favorite books in a long time-- one I will treasure for myself and give to others. 

— From Tegan

July 2021 Indie Next List


“On the surface, this is a story about a woman befriending a fox, which is in and of itself remarkable enough, but it is also a powerful meditation on nature, living in the world with and without people, as well as the power of literature.”
— Cody Morrison , Square Books, Oxford, MS

Description


An unforgettable memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox.

When Catherine Raven finished her PhD in biology, she built herself a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana. She was as emotionally isolated as she was physically, but she viewed the house as a way station, a temporary rest stop where she could gather her nerves and fill out applications for what she hoped would be a real job that would help her fit into society. In the meantime, she taught remotely and led field classes in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Then one day she realized that the mangy-looking fox she'd seen on her property was now showing up every afternoon at 4:15 p.m. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox? She brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince. Her scientific training had taught her not to anthropomorphize animals, yet as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself and they became friends. From the fox, she learned the single most important thing about loneliness: we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world. Friends, however, cannot save each other from the uncontained forces of nature. Fox and I is a poignant and remarkable tale of friendship, growth, and coping with inevitable loss--and of how that loss can be transformed into meaning. It is both a timely tale of solitude and connection as well as a timeless story of one woman whose immersion in the natural world will change the way we view our surroundings--each tree, weed, flower, stone, or fox.

About the Author


Catherine Raven is a former national park ranger at Glacier, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Voyageurs, and Yellowstone national parks. She earned a PhD in biology from Montana State University, holds degrees in zoology and botany from the University of Montana, and is a member of American Mensa and Sigma Xi. Her natural history essays have appeared in American Scientist, Journal of American Mensa, and Montana Magazine. You can find her in Fox's valley tugging tumbleweeds from the sloughs.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781954118003
ISBN-10: 1954118007
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English