If I haven’t mentioned it before, I should tell you now that I have an unhealthy need to own things depicting a fox, especially books. Maybe it’s because they kind of look like dogs but have the temperament of cats… I don’t know. Honestly. But when I saw Lady Into Fox by David Garnett, I knew I had to buy it.
Synopsis: While walking through a park holding the hand of her new husband, Sylvia is suddenly and inexplicably turned into a fox. Unsure what to do about the situation, but faithful in his love, Mr. Tebrick takes her home and tries to maintain a normal relationship with his increasingly foxy wife.
This book was originally published in 1922, so it is written very classically. Garnett did a great job making the transformation seem at once fantastical and entirely ordinary. Mr. Tebrick’s love is so profound that even though his wife has been suddenly transformed into an animal. His marriage is tested in the hardest way possible, and yet he doesn’t shy away from things when they get hard.
I’m so glad I picked up this sweet little book. I’ve missed reading classic fiction. With only 112 pages it won’t take long to read, and you won’t regret it.