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Aug 02, 2022 | ISBN 9780593534663

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“Just when everything seemed designed for a brief moment of utility before its planned obsolescence, here comes The Rabbit Hutch, a wildly wise, wildly inventive, wildly wild novel 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

“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

“Now and then a novel comes along that offers its darkness in an outstretched palm demanding nothing in return. Ignore its inquisition at your own peril. The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty introduces a new bearing on how the narratives of today present. There’s fearlessness apparent in the ample ways the dynamics of family, community, and a bold heart reobliges us to reacquaint ourselves with what the recurrent tangle of youth and power always demands: how to acknowledge? how to do better? As a testament to this book’s generosity, the music of George Saunders, Dorothy Parker, David Foster Wallace, maybe Rachel Cusk, Lionel Shriver, not to mention a parade of Post-Modernists and Modernists emerge in the early pages before they are just as effortlessly devoured by shadows fast exceeding questions of style, subject and even voice, fast exceeding that outstretched hand. And why not? — given that The Rabbit Hutch, among other things, is packed with mythology, Christian mysticism, Marxian readings of doubtful relationships, the flaneur’s search for apotheosis in the fragile, the chemical components of glow sticks, crab migrations. (There’s even a Paul Thomas Anderson movie in there which readers with an ear for soundtracks can easily imagine in the warm grain of ratcheting film frames.) Most importantly, though, the darkness Gunty finally conjures exceeds all territories of origin as well as questions of form, representation and repetition (what Harold Bloom called belatedness) in order to meet the only light worthy of such an enormous act of creation. The Rabbit Hutch aches, bleeds, and even scars but it also forgives with laughter, with insight, and finally, through an act of generational independence that remains this novel’s greatest accomplishment, with an act of rescue, rescue of narrative, rescue from ritual, rescue of heart, the rescue of tomorrow.” Mark Z. Danielewski, author of House of Leaves

“Tess Gunty is a writer of uncommon originality, both in terms of voice and vision. I admire her work and expect to be reading it with especial delight for a long time to come.”—Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm

“Philosophical, and earthy, and tender and also simply very fun to read—Tess Gunty is a distinctive talent, with a generous and gently brilliant mind.”—Rivka Galchen, author of Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

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