Mr. Fox

Helen Oyeyemi's vulpine tale finds frustrated novelist St. John Fox entertaining his supernatural Muse in the form of an all too flesh-and-blood woman named Mary, whose attempts to instruct and enlighten her protégé engender marital discord with Daphne, Fox's mortal wife. Thorne Smith and Jasper Fforde might look approvingly on this intrusion of literature and goddesses into life.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…