The Rabbit Hutch


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*The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller * Longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award *

'Inventive, heartbreaking and acutely funny' Guardian

Blandine isn't like the other residents of her building.

An online obituary writer. A young mother with a dark secret. A woman waging a solo campaign against rodents - neighbours, separated only by the thin walls of a low-cost housing complex in the once bustling industrial centre of Vacca Vale, Indiana.

Welcome to the Rabbit Hutch.

Ethereally beautiful and formidably intelligent, Blandine shares her flat with three teenage boys she neither likes nor understands, all, like her, now aged out of the state foster care system that has repeatedly failed them, all searching for meaning in their lives.

Set over one sweltering week in July and culminating in a bizarre act of violence that finally changes everything, The Rabbit Hutch is a savagely beautiful and bitingly funny snapshot of contemporary America, a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and longing, entrapment and, ultimately, freedom.

'Gunty writes with a keen, sensitive eye about all manner of intimacies-the kind we build with other people, and the kind we cultivate around ourselves and our tenuous, private aspirations.' Raven Leilani, author of Luster
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 36mm | 566g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0861543653
  • 9780861543656
  • 4,832

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'A firecracker debut. Seriously impressive... The writing is incandescent, the range of styles and voices remarkable... There's so much dazzling stuff here.' -- The Sunday Times 'Inventive, heartbreaking and acutely funny.' -- Observer 'Here is something new, a first novel with the wisdom and tenderness of a masterwork; an unflinching look at the down-and-outs that continue to rise and rise. The Rabbit Hutch is addictive, mesmerizing and unforgettable.' -- Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf 'Original and incisive... Breathtaking, compassionate and spectacular.' -- The Irish Times 'Throughout, tension is mixed with hilarity, heartbreak with hope. It all makes for a gripping, memorable debut full of peculiar wonders.' -- Mail on Sunday 'Philosophical, and earthy, and tender and also simply very fun to read.' -- Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labours 'Gunty writes with a keen, sensitive eye about all manner of intimacies.' -- Raven Leilani, author of Luster 'Just when everything seemed designed for a brief moment of utility before its planned obsolescence, here comes The Rabbit Hutch, a profoundly wise, wildly inventive, deeply moving work of art whose seemingly infinite offerings will remain with you long after you finish it. Each page of this novel contains a novel, a world.' -- Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated 'The Rabbit Hutch balances the banal and the ecstatic in a way that made me think of prime David Foster Wallace. It's a story of love, told without sentimentality; a story of cruelty, told without gratuitousness. Gunty is a captivating writer.' -- Guardian 'Author Tess Gunty has the scope and acuity of David Foster Wallace, without the obscurantism and wilfully slow pace... Brilliant.' -- Financial Times, The Best Debut Fiction round-up
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About Tess Gunty

Tess Gunty was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, The Iowa Review, Freeman's and other publications, and she lives in Los Angeles. The Rabbit Hutch is her debut novel.
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36 ratings
4.39 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (12)
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