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The Fox Wife: A Novel by Yangsze Choo
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The Fox Wife: A Novel (edition 2024)

by Yangsze Choo (Author)

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Manchuria, 1908. A young woman is found frozen in the snow. Her death is clouded by rumors of foxes involved, which are believed to lure people by transforming themselves into beautiful women and men. Bao, a detective with a reputation for sniffing out the truth, is hired to uncover the dead woman's identity. Since childhood, Bao has been intrigued by the fox gods, yet they've remained tantalizingly out of reach. Until, perhaps, now. Meanwhile, a family that owns a famous Chinese medicine shop can cure ailments, but not the curse that afflicts them, their eldest sons die before their twenty-fourth birthdays. Now the only grandson of the family is twenty-three. When a mysterious woman enters their household, their luck seems to change. Or does it? Is their new servant a simple young woman from the north or a fox spirit bent on her own revenge?… (more)
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Title:The Fox Wife: A Novel
Authors:Yangsze Choo (Author)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2024), 400 pages
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This book is enchanting. I usually do not like fantasies (it is difficult for me to suspend disbelief), but I found myself willingly going along with the central conceit of the plot because the author's writing was so engaging and compelling. There is something for everyone here: mystery, action, romance, history, comedy, and insight into the human condition. Highly recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Apr 28, 2024 |
A young woman calling herself Snow - a fox - travels on a revenge trip, intent on killing the photographer Bektu Nikan in Manchuria, 1908. Meanwhile, an investigator Bao who has the talent on being able to tell truth from lies is asked to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman - could it be the work of a fox?

Choo draws on the Chinese mythology of foxes to tell a compelling, lyrical story of Snow and Bao, and the family that Snow meets and gets involved with in the course of her mission to find the photographer. With an evocative atmosphere and complex characters but very deliberate pacing, this is a book to sit down with for long stretches and get lost in. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 17, 2024 |
According to the National Wildlife Federation, foxes are the most widely distributed carnivorous mammals in the world.
This novel is a very readable story filled with interesting folklore regarding the nature of foxes and fox spirits...
"a drug that should be taken only in small doses." ( p.324)
Vengeful, seductive, curious these fox spirits can turn themselves into humans and wreak havoc.
In this story, Snow is seeking revenge for the death of her daughter. She crosses paths with Bao, a detective who has the talent of hearing lies, brought on by an early encounter with a fox god.

Read more on my blog!
https://lovelearning619870804.wordpress.com/2024/03/26/book-review-a-foxy-lady-i... ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
Excellent novel. Great characters, great pacing, great story.
This is historical fiction, magial realism, set mostly in 1908 northern China, based on the legend of foxes who can shift to human form. ( )
  kparr | Mar 17, 2024 |
A fascinating book about mythical shapeshifting foxes and set in the waning years of the Qing Empire. Snow is a fox-woman on a quest for revenge. Governed by a code of morals--unlike most of her kind--she follows in pursuit of the Manchurian photographer who killed her child. In parallel is the tale of Bao, a private investigator who can tell if anyone lies; a case involving a woman found dead leads him to tales about another woman who seems to be tracking a related suspect. The book is heavily steeped in the realities of cusp-of-the-20th-century northern China and Japan, with industrialization and potential revolution very present. A trigger warning is necessary as well: Snow endures near-constant threats of sexual violence because of her tenuous position in society, but it never is graphic or gratuitous or titillating.

I found this to be a quick, enthralling read, as both perspectives were relatable and immersive. I think my only real complaint is that the way everything came together felt convenient and inevitable. The book uses the intervention of fate as an excuse several times, but that doesn't adequately excuse the tidiness. Still, highly recommended for anyone interested in fox spirits and a setting of history that isn't often explored in western lit. ( )
  ladycato | Mar 14, 2024 |
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Manchuria, 1908. A young woman is found frozen in the snow. Her death is clouded by rumors of foxes involved, which are believed to lure people by transforming themselves into beautiful women and men. Bao, a detective with a reputation for sniffing out the truth, is hired to uncover the dead woman's identity. Since childhood, Bao has been intrigued by the fox gods, yet they've remained tantalizingly out of reach. Until, perhaps, now. Meanwhile, a family that owns a famous Chinese medicine shop can cure ailments, but not the curse that afflicts them, their eldest sons die before their twenty-fourth birthdays. Now the only grandson of the family is twenty-three. When a mysterious woman enters their household, their luck seems to change. Or does it? Is their new servant a simple young woman from the north or a fox spirit bent on her own revenge?

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Some people think foxes are similar to ghosts because we go around collecting qi, but nothing could be further than the truth. We are living creatures, just like you, only usually better looking . . .

Manchuria, 1908.
In the last years of the dying Qing Empire, a courtesan is found frozen in a doorway. Her death is clouded by rumors of foxes, which are believed to lure people by transforming themselves into beautiful women and handsome men. Bao, a detective with an uncanny ability to sniff out the truth, is hired to uncover the dead woman's identity. Since childhood, Bao has been intrigued by the fox gods, yet they've remained tantalizingly out of reach—until, perhaps, now.

Meanwhile, a family who owns a famous Chinese medicine shop can cure ailments but can't escape the curse that afflicts them—their eldest sons die before their twenty-fourth birthdays. When a disruptively winsome servant named Snow enters their household, the family's luck seems to change—or does it?

Snow is a creature of many secrets, but most of all she's a mother seeking vengeance for her lost child. Hunting a murderer, she will follow the trail from northern China to Japan, while Bao follows doggedly behind. Navigating the myths and misconceptions of fox spirits, both Snow and Bao will encounter old friends and new foes, even as more deaths occur.

New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo brilliantly explores a world of mortals and
spirits, humans and beasts, and their dazzling intersection. Epic in scope and full of singular, unforgettable characters, The Fox Wife is a stunning novel about old loves and second chances, the depths of maternal love, and ancient folktales that may very well be true.
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