Faith Fox

Faith Fox

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Baker & Taylor
Emotionally abandoned by her father and maternal grandmother when her birth results in her mother's death, young Faith Fox is raised by an unlikely group including the priest-and-hippie owners of a commune, a group of Tibetan refugees, and her ancient and bickering paternal grandparents.

Perseus Publishing
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.

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.


Blackwell North Amer
This comedy of manners set in early '90s Britain centers upon 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 with such a frightening obsession. And so an extraordinary group of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers converges to make sure that the rearing of Faith Fox ends up in the right hands.
Among the concerned parties are Faith's uncle, an ascetic priest who runs a commune in northern England; his unfaithful ex-hippie wife and her precocious, lonely son; the Tibetan refugees who have hunkered down with them; and the splendidly bickering and ancient paternal grandparents, Toots and Dolly.
As Faith's future unfolds amidst the shifting scenes of high society and low, variously in the company of the old and young, awardwinning novelist Jane Gardam explores the wonder of the English heart in all its thunderous eccentricity.

Baker
& Taylor

Emotionally abandoned by her father and maternal grandmother when her birth results in her mother's death, young Faith Fox is raised by an unlikely group, including the owners of a commune and her bickering paternal grandparents.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003, c1996
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786712212
078671221X
Branch Call Number: F GAR
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 24 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

When Holly Fox dies in childbirth many lives are changed in unexpected ways. Her child, Faith, lives to provide the rebirth for her family with all its eccentricities and differences. Gardam, a two time Whitbread Award winner, has an acute eye for the absurd as well as deep compassion for her characters.

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