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The Fox Wife

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529429756

Price: £20

ON SALE: 13th February 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Myth & Legend Told As Fiction

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‘Vivid, enigmatic, enchanting’ M. L. Rio
‘Irresistible’ Sunday Times

Some people think foxes go around collecting qi, or life force, but nothing could be further than the truth. We are living creatures, just like you, only usually better looking . . .

Manchuria, 1908: A young woman is found frozen in the snow.

Her death is clouded by rumours of foxes, believed to lure people into peril by transforming 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.

Snow is a creature of many secrets, but most of all, she’s a mother seeking vengeance. Hunting a murderer, the trail will take her from northern China to Japan, with Bao following doggedly behind.

And as their paths draw ever closer together, both Snow and Bao will encounter old friends and new foes, even as more deaths occur.

The Fox Wife is a stunning novel about old loves and second chances, the depth of maternal bonds, and ancient folktales that may very well be true.


Magical, wondrous, transporting and illuminating’ Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

‘Rich and beguiling’ Daily Mail

‘Filled with wonder, mystery and folklore’ Sue Lynn Tan

‘Enchanting’ the i

A rich tangle of myth, mystery, and history’ Alix E. Harrow

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Masterfully plotted and superbly surprising, The Fox Wife will entice you into a world of magic and heartbreak, a beautiful tapestry woven from love and revenge and forgiveness. But beware: once you start, you may not be able to put it down!
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of INDEPENDENCE and THE LAST QUEEN
The Fox Wife is a rich tangle of myth, mystery, and history, delivered with Choo's inimitable grace and precision. It's not a book so much as a beguilement; it enchanted me entirely
Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author of STARLING HOUSE
Like the foxes who populate its pages, The Fox Wife is vivid, enigmatic, and enchanting. Choo's fresh new fable conjures a world where danger and intrigue are forever entwined with sublime and sensory delights
M.L. Rio, author of IF WE WERE VILLAINS
Magical, wonderous, transporting and illuminating, The Fox Wife reminds me that reading can be pure joy . . . I was captivated from the very first word of this novel until its very last. Yangsze Choo is a writer of immense talent
Nguyen Phan Que Mai, internationally best-selling author of The Mountains Sing and Dust Child
A stunning story filled with wonder, mystery and folklore. I was utterly captivated by Yangsze Choo's exquisite prose and fascinating characters from the first page till the last. A remarkable tale, one that will stay with me
Sue Lynn Tan, author of Heart of the Sun Warrior
Choo's writing is lush and the slow revelations of complicated relationships and reunions hum with tension. This is a treat
Publishers Weekly
Snow's difficulties as both a fox and a young woman in a man's world are clearly drawn, as is the pathos of Bao's situation as a gentle soul who's always been in search of something or someone. An intriguing vulpine mystery worth the suspension of disbelief
The i
A beguiling tale of a bygone era
Straits Times
Rich and beguiling
Daily Mail
Witty and suspenseful
New York Times Book Review
The reader is taken on a journey from the underbelly of a Chinese town to the mountains of Japan. Among the more memorable characters along the way is a male fox spirit called Shiro. He is seductive, deadly and, like the book itself, quite irresistible to mere humans
Sunday Times