The Rabbit Factory

The Rabbit Factory

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In an ambitious narrative structure reminiscent of Robert Altman's classic film Nashville, Larry Brown weaves together the stories of a sprawling cast of eccentric and lovable characters, each embarked on a quest for meaning, fulfillment, and love -- with poignant and uproarious results. Set in Memphis and North Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory follows the colliding lives of, among others, Arthur, an older, socially ill-at-ease man of considerable wealth married to the much younger Helen, whose desperate need for satisfaction sweeps her into the arms of other men; Eric, who has run away from home thinking his father doesn't want him and becomes Arthur's unlikely surrogate son; and Anjalee, a big-hearted prostitute with her own set of troubles who crashes into the lives of the others like a one-woman hurricane. Teeming with pitch-perfect creations that include quirky gangsters, colorful locals, seemingly straitlaced professors, and fast-and-loose police officers, Brown's spellbinding and often hilarious story is about the botched choices and missed chances that separate people -- and the tenuous threads of love and coincidence that connect them. With all the subtlety and surprise of life itself, the story turns on a dime from comical to violent to moving. Masterful, profound, and full of spirit, The Rabbit Factory is literary entertainment of the highest order.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 22mm | 299.38g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Simon and Schuster
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0743245245
  • 9780743245241
  • 1,351,877

Review quote

Jeff Kunerth, The Orlando Sentinel A compelling tale of ordinary men and women trying to find each other through the smoke, booze, and lust.show more

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887 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 16% (143)
4 39% (348)
3 31% (276)
2 11% (94)
1 3% (26)
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