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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning writer Aminatta Forna, a stunning novel bringing an American scientist and a Ghanaian psychologist together in London in a hunt for a missing boy - and an expansive, subtle tale of loss, hope, love, compassion, culture, and the true meaning of happiness.
London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide - Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna's unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection.
Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma, as he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends, his "niece" who hasn't called home in a while. Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown, and now her young son Tano is missing. 
When, by chance, Attila runs into Jean again, she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters. Security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens - mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London - come together to help. As the search for Tano continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds.
Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to question the impact of his own ideas on trauma, the values of the society he finds himself in, and a grief of his own. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.
©2018 Aminatta Forna (P)2018 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol Goodman on 05-12-18

This book is a must read

I found this to be a very beautiful book. Small interlocking stories about relationships and personal histories weave together with philosophical contemplations on trauma and resilience and weave again with the stories of resilience of animals who live in urban settings near, because of or despite humans. The author’s physical and luminous descriptions of the somatic and of the natural ecosystems lend substance and bring a richness to the characters and their places in the story. I loved it. The narrator is wonderful, very lovely and moving to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniela on 06-15-18

Thought-provoking and lovely

Truly dimensional characters and excellent narration. A heart-warming story that deals with environmental issues— a rare thing!

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