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"Read one page of this English comedy and you'll not be surprised to learn that Gardam already has two Whitbread Awards under her belt. Her characters, Dickensian in their number, variety, and abounding eccentricities, carry on so convincingly that she seems to be channeling, rather than creating, these people....Gardam couples her genius for the close-up, perfectly rendered portrait with a taste for satisfyingly neat structure and grand notions of hope for humanity..." Christina Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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Publisher Comments:

Faith Fox is a sparkling novel of comedy and conversation, birth and death, and the differences between England's well-born and plain people from a two-time winner of the Whitbread Prize and Booker Prize finalist. This comedy of manners set in early '90s Britain centers around newborn Faith Fox, the daughter of the sweet, healthy, and hearty pearl of her Surrey village, Holly Fox, who inexplicably dies in childbirth. Faith's beanpole father can't and won't look after her. Holly's mother — a matron from Surrey's gin-and-tonic belt who is ostensibly full of good nature, good sense, and sociability — refuses to acknowledge the baby whose birth killed the daughter she loved. And so an extraordinary group of family, friends, and strangers converge to make sure that Faith Fox ends up raised well in the right hands. The concerned parties include an ascetic priest of an uncle in Northern England who runs a commune with his unfaithful ex-hippie wife and her precocious, lonely son; the Tibetan refugees staying there; and the splendidly bickering and ancient paternal grandparents. As Faith's future unravels amidst the shifting scenes of high society and low, the old and the young, Jane Gardam explores the English heart in all its eccentric variety.

Review:

"[T]he novel features a highly entertaining cast of dotty characters whose class, ethnic and religious differences are wonderfully deconstructed by Gardam's sharp, dark wit." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gardam clearly knows the mantra of many writers: Through the particulars we reveal the universal." Janet St. John, Booklist

Synopsis:

Faith Fox is a novel of comedy and conversation, birth and death, and the differences between England's well-born and plain people.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786712212
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Carroll & Graf
Author:
Gardam, Jane
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Grandparents
Subject:
England
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1949
Publication Date:
20031113
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
900x600

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Product details 416 pages Carroll & Graf Publishers - English 9780786712212 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Read one page of this English comedy and you'll not be surprised to learn that Gardam already has two Whitbread Awards under her belt. Her characters, Dickensian in their number, variety, and abounding eccentricities, carry on so convincingly that she seems to be channeling, rather than creating, these people....Gardam couples her genius for the close-up, perfectly rendered portrait with a taste for satisfyingly neat structure and grand notions of hope for humanity..." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "[T]he novel features a highly entertaining cast of dotty characters whose class, ethnic and religious differences are wonderfully deconstructed by Gardam's sharp, dark wit."
"Review" by , "Gardam clearly knows the mantra of many writers: Through the particulars we reveal the universal."
"Synopsis" by , Faith Fox is a novel of comedy and conversation, birth and death, and the differences between England's well-born and plain people.
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