New York Times review of HOW TO BE HUMAN By Paula Cocozza
Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” features 34-year-old Mary Green and the urban fox that takes up residence in her London garden. Mary, who as a girl wrote letters to herself to stem acute loneliness, welcomes the vulpine caller. The fox is soon leaving tokens for her, “the kind a knight pledges before going into battle.” She begins to call him a friend. Within weeks, they’ve formed a natural intimacy. In this suspenseful tale animal and human behavior begin to meld, even reverse, and who’s dangerous and who’s endangered is not always clear.
278 pp. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company. $26.
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