The story of a motherless girl named Faith and her family and close friends, all of whom are determined to see her live a happy life.
Faith's mother died in childbirth; her overworked father cannot raise his child alone; and her unconventional grandmother refuses to acknowledge the child whose birth took away the daughter she loved. And so a motley crew of family and friends converges to see that Faith is brought up correctly. The concerned parties include Faith's uncle, who runs a commune in northern England; the Tibetan refugees who have moved in with him; and the splendidly bickering paternal grandparents. What ensues is a brilliant comedy of manners set equally amidst high society and low.
Faith Fox is a story that explores the wonder of the human heart in all its thunderous eccentricity. Gardam has mastered the essence of age and youth and above all noncomformity. Her memorable characters are sure to delight.
About the Author
Jane Gardam's novels include, The Flight of the Maidens, a New York Times Notable Book. She won the prestigious Whitbread Award for The Hollow Land and The Queen of the Tambourine, while God on the Rocks was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Old Filth, was a finalist for the Orange Prize, The Man in the Wooden Hat was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Last Friends, was a finalist for the Folio Award. She lives in England near the sea.
Praise for Faith Fox
"Wonderful, sharply observed, deeply funny."
—The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[A] cleverly wrought British import... That Gardam is a virtuoso of structure creps up on you until you begin to glimpse the outlines of the multiple subplots coverging with the satisfying click that reminds you that you're in the hands of a master.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"An endearing story. Gardam's feisty characters deliver a tale that crackles with charm and energy."
—Kirkus Review (Starred)
"Hugely funny and deeply moving."
"Brilliant on sex, brilliant on bereavement and death, brilliant on god, brilliant on dottiness."
—A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard
—Anita Brooker, author of Hotel du Lac
Praise for Jane Gardam
"[Gardam] is a brilliant writer. Her prose sparkles with wit, compassion and humor."
—The Washington Post
"[Gardam] is the best kind of literary escape: serious, mesmerizing, and deeply satisfying."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"It's hard...not to be charmed by a writer with Gardam's substantial gifts."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Gardam's prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted."
—The New Yorker