A novel that’s “brilliant on sex, brilliant on bereavement and death, brilliant on god, brilliant on dottiness” from the acclaimed author of Old Filth (A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard).
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 nonconformity. Her memorable characters are sure to delight.
“Wonderful, sharply observed, deeply funny.” —The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[A] cleverly wrought British import . . . That Gardam is a virtuoso of structure creeps up on you until you begin to glimpse the outlines of the multiple subplots converging with the satisfying click that reminds you that you’re in the hands of a master.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Hugely funny and deeply moving.” —The Atlantic
“Pure pleasure.” —Anita Brookner, author of The Debut
“An endearing story. Gardam’s feisty characters deliver a tale that crackles with charm and energy.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)