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Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

by Catherine Raven
Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

by Catherine Raven


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With a marvelous, resonant voice, an often upside-down vantage, and a passel of literary companions — Saint-Exupéry, Herman Melville, Lafcadio Hearn, Voltaire and Dr. Seuss — Catherine Raven’s tale of an intentional friendship with a wild red fox and how it indelibly changed her is a kaleidoscopic meld of quiet observation, sharp reflection, wry humor and poetry. It is a brilliant and surprising lesson in the deep responsibilities of companionship. We loved every moment.

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Winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award  * 2022 Nautilus Book Awards Gold Winner  Shortlisted for the John Burroughs Medal * Finalist for the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize * Shortlisted for a Reading the West Book Award




“The book everyone will be talking about … full of tenderness and understanding.” – The New York Times


An “extraordinary” (Oprah Daily) memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox.


Includes reading group guide and an interview with the author 

When Catherine Raven finished her PhD in biology, she built herself a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana. She was as emotionally isolated as she was physically, but she viewed the house as a way station, a temporary rest stop where she could gather her nerves and fill out applications for what she hoped would be a real job that would help her fit into society. In the meantime, she taught remotely and led field classes in nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Then one day she realized that a mangy-looking fox was showing up on her property every afternoon at 4:15 p.m. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox? She brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince. Her scientific training had taught her not to anthropomorphize animals, yet as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself and they became friends.

From the fox, Catherine learned the single most important thing about loneliness: we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world. Friends, however, cannot save each other from the uncontained forces of nature. 

Fox and I is a poignant and remarkable tale of friendship, growth, and coping with inevitable loss—and of how that loss can be transformed into meaning. It is both a timely tale of solitude and belonging as well as a timeless story of one woman whose immersion in the natural world will change the way we view our surroundings—each tree, weed, flower, stone, or fox.

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ISBN-13: 9781954118119
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 17,797
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catherine Raven is a former national park ranger at Glacier, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Voyageurs, and Yellowstone national parks. She earned a PhD in biology from Montana State University, holds degrees in zoology and botany from the University of Montana, and is a member of American Mensa and Sigma Xi. Her natural history essays have appeared in American Scientist, Journal of American Mensa, and Montana Magazine. You can find her in Fox’s valley tugging tumbleweeds from the sloughs. She lives in Emigrant, Montana.

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