This is the next short story in the series of short stories in this book. Click Here to see the first review and a link list of the other stories I’ve reviewed in this book.
I’m going to come right out and say that this story was weird. No, it was beyond weird for me, it was bizarre. I fear I missed the symbolism or creativity Kij Johnson was looking for. It was simply too strange for my liking.
The story follows a female fox who has fallen in love with a man. We follow this fox as she and her family create fox magic to make her appear as a woman to this man. She eventually marries this man and has a child with him all to have the man eventually be taken away from her.
This was a very difficult story to read. I wasn’t able to get past the fact that Johnson is essentially writing about animals tricking humans into falling in love and mating. Considering how good the first story was in this collection of short stories, I’m hoping this was just a fluke. Not a good story in my opinion at all.