Winner of the McNally Robinson Award for Manitoba Book of the Year
Fox moves on quick and elegant feet through the terror and exhilaration of Winnipeg's 1919 General Strike, the most turbulent period of the city's history. In a novel of remarkably vivd, kinetic power, the collision of the wealthy and working classes after the First World War becomes a backdrop for the heady conflict between desire and human idealism.
Fox is a brilliant contemporary filter for the social gospel of the day. Clamouring newspaper headlines and the passionate rhetoric of the new Left echo throughout the Establishment - the languid, dreamlike crescentwood world of Eleanor and MacDougal, Mary and Drinkwater. The cushion of luxury is scant protection when words like 'sedition' and 'Marxism' explode in their midst, confronting them with the bigotry , greed and ambition of the post-war years.
"Fox is a book one dreams of reading. It moves with elegant surprises, with cold passion, through the intricacies of love and language and politics.The Winnipeg General Strike becomes an alchemist's retort in which lives are transformed by the infinite varieties of desire. Margaret Sweatman speaks wonders from a world we thought we knew."
- Robert Kroetsch
Margaret Sweatman is the author of the novels Fox (Turnstone Press), Sam and Angie (Turnstone Press), When Alice Lay Down with Peter (Random House), which has won many awards for fiction including the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and, most recently, The Players (Goose Lane Editions). She has also written one chapbook, Private Property and the CD Broken Songs (Stacatto). She lives in Winnipeg, where she teaches literature and creative writing.