Faith Fox A 28-year-old woman dies in childbirth, leaving behind overworked husband Andrew, a gaggle of nosy friends, and the title character of Faith Fox , a… Fiction Carroll & Graf
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Faith Fox (Fall 2003)

Faith Fox | KEEP THE 'FAITH' ''Fox'' follows a baby's passage through different British classes
KEEP THE 'FAITH' ''Fox'' follows a baby's passage through different British classes

Details Writer: Jane Gardam; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Carroll & Graf

A 28-year-old woman dies in childbirth, leaving behind overworked husband Andrew, a gaggle of nosy friends, and the title character of Faith Fox, a brisk comedy of manners by British novelist Jane Gardam. What follows resembles a game of hot potato, with baby Faith Fox passing from friend to extended family in a mini-tour of England's still-present class system.

A former Booker Prize finalist, Gardam conjures each character with a brisk stroke of the pen, be it Toots, Andrew's shabby North Country father, or Andrew's brother, Jack, an eccentric priest who runs a commune filled with Tibetan refugees. In spite of her tragic provenance, Faith awakens a sense of hope in those she meets, turning this novel -- so filled with the aged and the grief-stricken -- into a surprisingly uplifting tale.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2003 Published in issue #740 Dec 05, 2003 Order article reprints