Alex Cothren reviews 'Sing Fox to Me' by Sarah Kanake

Alex Cothren reviews 'Sing Fox to Me' by Sarah Kanake

Sing Fox to Me

by Sarah Kanake

Affirm Press $24.99 pb, 300 pp, 9781922213679

Not a year passes without someone claiming to have stumbled upon the legendary Tasmanian tiger. A flash of stripes, a tawny blur, strange paw prints in the mud; are these genuine sightings or mass hallucinations suffered by a populace whose grief for the extinct icon is stuck in a state of collective denial? 'Tassie loves the tiger now ... this entire country is going to be saying sorry forever'; so muses one character of Sarah Kanake's first novel, in which an absent species is both metaphor and backdrop to a drama about human loss and 'the unending, circling misery' of not letting go.

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Published in April 2016, no. 380
Alex Cothren

Alex Cothren

Alexander Cothren, born in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest, USA, is presently drying himself out in sunny Adelaide. He studies creative writing at Flinders University, and is the recent recipient of the Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award.

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