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Publisher's Summary

A memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a fox, for listeners of Wild and H Is for Hawk.

Catherine Raven left home at 15, fleeing an abusive, disdainful father and an indifferent mother. More comfortable in nature than among people, she worked as a National Park ranger, eventually earning a PhD in biology. She built a house on an isolated plot of land in Montana, teaching remotely and leading field classes. One day, she realized that the mangy-looking fox who had been appearing on her property was now showing up every day at 4:15 p.m. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox? One day 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, but as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself - and he became her friend. But friends cannot always save each other from the uncontained forces of nature. Fox & I is a poignant and dramatic tale of friendship, transformation, and coping with inevitable loss - and of how that loss can become meaning. It is also the introduction of an original, imaginative, stunning literary voice.

©2021 Catherine Raven (P)2021 Spiegel & Grau

Editor's Pick

A moving, literary wildlife memoir on isolation and companionship
As a lifelong advocate for the well-being of our planet and the flora and fauna that inhabit it, I’m fascinated by the relationships forged between humans and the diverse range of creatures we are so fortunate to share a home with. Needless to say, Catherine Raven’s thoughtful, gorgeously formed memoir, Fox & I, struck a chord. A biologist and former National Park ranger, Raven details her unexpected, life-changing friendship with a wild fox that begins to regularly visit her remote Montana home, without losing sight of the complex wonders of nature and the inner lives of our nonhuman neighbors. With a near-poetic command of language and intertwined with references to literary greats like Herman Melville and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this listen is a combination of rich, meditative personal narrative and contemplative nature writing you won’t soon forget. —Alanna M., Audible Editor

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Fox and I

A heartfelt story brimming with many lessons and facts about our wild cousins, a must read for all nature enthusiasts who truly care about wildlife. I could not put this book down!