By Paula Cocozza
'Enchanting . . . confined . . . startling.' TLS
'A exciting psychodrama . . . She brilliantly captures a feeling of Hitchcockian, curtain-twitching intensity.' Economist
‘Sharp, considerate . . . exhilarating . . . the plot slips from city pastoral to demanding thriller.’ Newsweek
'Cocozza has an excellent eye for element, and her descriptions of the wildlife are uncanny.' Guardian
'The tough, moving substance of relationships is so insightfully drawn and always surprises.' Laura Barnett, writer of The types of Us
'Taut, shimmering.' Richard Beard, writer of The Acts of the Assassins
You’ve obvious a fox.
Come head to head in an unforeseen position, or at an unforeseen moment.
And he has checked out you, as you have got checked out him. as though he has anything to inform you, otherwise you have anything to inform him.
But what if it didn’t cease there?
When Mary arrives domestic from paintings at some point to discover a powerful fox on her garden - his ears spiked in realization and each hair bristling along with his strength to shock - it's only the start. He brings presents (at least, Mary imagines they're gifts), and steadily makes himself at domestic.
And as he listens to Mary, Mary listens again.
She starts to listen to herself for the 1st time in years. Her bullish ex-boyfriend, nonetheless lurking at the fringes of her existence, will be appalled. So may the neighbours with a brand new child. they simply like flora and fauna that matches with the decor. yet within Mary a wildness is growing to be that won't be tamed.
In this remarkable debut, the strains among sanity and security, obsession and fantasy blur, in an exhilarating exploration of what makes us human.
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How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza