The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is one of those books that really makes you think. Victoria Williamson has done an absolutely fantastic job capturing the lives and the stories of these two young girls; Reema, a refugee from Syria, and Caylin, the daughter of an impoverished alcoholic who responds to her struggles by stealing and bullying. Bound by the responsibility of caring for an injured fox and her newborn cubs, these two girls from very different worlds slowly befriend and understand each other, building a truly life changing friendship together. And as the two take care of the fox, they end up taking care of each other.
This is one of those stories that truly builds on your emotions, taking them in entirely different directions throughout the course of the novel. You find yourself hurting as the characters hurt, crying with and for them with each new piece of themselves that you learn. I was immensely impressed with Williamson’s novel, with the level of depth and development that the two main girls in her book had. Even the secondary characters have some of the most exceptional development I’ve ever seen.
Not only does this novel have amazing characters, but it has truly exceptional backstories for each of them. Readers get to see the friendship between these two young women build slowly and evolve for each of them in their time of need. The diversity in the story is something that I think many people need to be exposed to and this story is an excellent way of opening ones eyes to the experiences of other people. I was really impressed with this novel and taken on quite an emotional ride throughout the course of it. The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is a story of friendship and of the healing that it can bring and it is definitely one worth reading.
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.