The Fox Woman follows two families, one of foxes and another of humans. The restless Kaya no Yoshifuji fails to receive an appointment in the Emperor's court and, distracted and seemingly unfazed, decides to relocate to a rural estate to pass a pensive winter, accompanied by his wife Shikujo and son Tadamaro. But a young fox named Kitsune and her brother, mother, and grandfather have set up their den in the run-down estate, and soon the fate of both families becomes intertwined; Yoshifuji becomes bewitched by the foxes, and Kitsune in turn falls in love with him, much to the distress of all others involved, especially Shikujo.
Johnson tells her tale in measured, intimate passages, through Kitsune's diary, Yoshifuji's notebook, and Shikujo's pillow book. The rich, truthful depiction of the Heian-era setting, punctuated by exchanges of poetry and steeped in emotive descriptions of both the fox and human worlds, establishes a still, meditative, and rewarding pace. With her thoughtful ear, Johnson offers a mature and knowing first effort. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
All I can say is "WOW", and she better have another book in the works!
It is the story of a young fox who falls in love with a man in Eleventh-Century Japan, and then her triumphs and troubles when she desires to become a woman.
The prose is exquisite -- there's no better word, and the author's masterful sense of story will immerse you in her world as few writers are able to do.
Two young foxes watch an semi-abandoned country house.
His Lordship fails at the capital and retires to said country house. Read more
A metaphor for marriages, told in three viewpoints: The passionate but aimless husband, the repressed but perfect wife, and the fox who wants to become a human so that she can... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cat Hellisen
"The Fox Women" by Kij Johnson has earned varying reviews from dislike towards the novel to absolute adoration. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gemini
*Sigh* I wanted to love this book, I wanted to be enamored and entrapped within its pages and not want to let go. I was sadly not any of those. Read morePublished 22 months ago by LunaMoth
I have recently finished The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson and I have fallen in love with the story. It is a beautiful romance filled with magic and mystery. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shelby Berti
Excellent, excellent writing. Brings to mind the Tales of Genji, especially the scenes with ladies-in-waiting and servants. Her writings of nature are masterful.... Read morePublished 24 months ago by dottie newbie
I liked this book, although I liked Fudoki, Johnson's later novel, better.
This one is a fairy tale retelling set in medieval Japan, about a fox who falls in love with a... Read more
I came to this book after reading several action-adventure novels and was blown away by Kij Johnson's lyrical, almost poetic prose. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Neodoering
Kij Johnson is a great writer and even better in person. I would recommend her books to anyone that wants great stories.Published on March 6, 2012 by Gene