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Publisher's Summary

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year * 2021 Summer Reading Pick by BUZZFEED * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW * KIRKUS * TIME MAGAZINE * GOOD MORNING AMERICA * PEOPLE MAGAZINE * THE WASHINGTON POST

“The book everyone will be talking about … full of tenderness and understanding.” – The New York Times

An “extraordinary” (Oprah Daily) 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 a mangy-looking fox was showing up on her property 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, Catherine 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 belonging 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.

©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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Nature is cruel.

I think the author is a good writer and I'm sure her experiences were interesting but it was very hard to get through descriptions of nature at its worst. I think she tells a very accurate account of nature, but I'm just not up for it. I didn't finish the book because it was too sad for me.

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Wonderful if you like . . .

This was a wonderful experience but probably not for everyone. The writer is quirky, brilliant — with strange mix of the lyrical and analytic and extremely original The pace is slow with a gentle, faint plot. The story is tiny and at the same time about massive questions regarding the relationship between the human and natural worlds. I was so sad when the book ended and hope Raven will publish more soon

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Worth the listen!

As a biologist myself, I truly enjoyed this heartwarming, educational story and found myself relating to much that was written.

The narrator was absolutely excellent! Hard to believe she wasn’t the actual author!

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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!

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Well Written, Poignant Story

The author’s attitude towards “pets” rankled me throughout the book. Not all “kept” dogs are “terriers in tartan”. And many “kept dogs” are indeed appreciated for their dog attributes, including amazing breed specific traits. I found it arrogant of her to say that a pet, as an owned animal, not free animal, cannot be a friend. She may have a rich life, but she is blind to the mutual richness that others experience with beloved pets.

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De gustibus non disputandem est

But, for my taste, this effort is not recommended. Unless, of course, you cotton to credulous tales of oversold wonder, told in empurpled prose that will be familiar to any reader of high school creative writing journals.

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A favorite!

One of my favorite books ever! Up there with Olga Tokarczuk's Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead.

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It was tough at times...

But these are the realities in nature. What is much more sad to me, is what we human beings have done to nature. The author is just telling a narrative of her experience and bond with one or actually a number of animals because she actually lived lightly on the land and in as much harmony as possible with them.

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A Favorite I Know I'll Be Reading Again

I love this book. It was an effort to finish the last 2 chapters because I didn't want it to end. Glemboski's narration was excellent, as though she'd written the words herself.
Raven's descriptions of animals and landscapes were beautifully written. I was disappointed when she abandoned the textbook project because i think children would benefit from her above-average communication of scientific concepts. As a "land baron" (12 suburban agricultural acres) and introvert myself, I identified with her. There are fox and bird families raising young in my yard each spring and while I've not developed a friendship with any one individual, I do feel responsibility for their well-being and believe we are interdependent.

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most wonderful

loved it! I am so glad To hear fellow forest friends stories. thank you so much. My father recommended and I am so thankful it is on audible.

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