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When Fox is a Thousand
by Larissa Lai
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A lyrical, magical novel, rich with poetry and folklore plus elements of the fairytale. Larissa Lai interweaves three narrative voices and their attendant cultures: an elusive fox spirit growing toward wisdom and her 1000th birthday, the ninth-century Taoist poet/nun Yu Hsuan-Chi (a real person executed in China for murder), and the oddly named Artemis, a young Asian-American woman living in contemporary Vancouver. With beautiful and enchanting prose, and a sure narrative hand, Lai combines Chinese mythology, the sexual politics of medieval Chinea, and modern-day Vancouver to masterfully revise the myth of the Fox (a figure who can inhibit women's bodies in order to cause mischief).
An edition of this book was published by Arsenal Pulp Press.