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The Rabbit Hutch
The Rabbit Hutch: A Novel | Tess Gunty
"A debut novel about an odd assortment of residents living in a crumbling apartment building in the post-industrial Midwest"--
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BookLineNSinker
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Last night during my late night book search 😂, I was able to borrow this audiobook on Libby. I've read so many raving reviews and so I'm excited to get started.

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BarbaraBB
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How cool is this?? This is Tess Gunty replying on my Instagram!

Hee book was my favorite book for the National Book Award and Tess Gunty seems such a nice person. If you‘re on Instagram you can follow her, she posts a lot about nature and daily things.

sarahbarnes This is on my TBR! 2w
TrishB That‘s cool 👍🏻 2w
Ruthiella Neat! 2w
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Centique Wow!!! 2w
Cinfhen Sweet 🙌🏻😁 2w
jlhammar That's awesome. So happy for her! Look forward to reading this one. 2w
Hooked_on_books That‘s so cool! 2w
batsy That's lovely! 2w
Megabooks Awesome!! 🤩🤩 2w
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AmyG
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Just saw this.

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CMaybin
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Beautiful written and very thought provoking.

Rez Indeed 📕 x 3w
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Chelsea.Poole
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In a dying American town, residents of a crumbling apartment building become involved in one another‘s lives. There‘s a new mother and the relatable passages in that section took my breath away! The novel looks most closely at Tiffany, who renames herself “Blondine” after emerging from one horrible episode after another. This is difficult to explain but it is original, moving, tragic, hilarious, and above all well worth the read. I loved it.
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BarbaraBB Me too! 4w
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Ruthiella
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Wow! The book did not end as I expected (which is a good thing). The writing was great and its observations were sharp. As others have noted, the story telling is a little uneven, however. Set in a dying Midwest town and featuring the inhabitants of a low income complex (in varying degrees of detail), a local high school drama teacher and the son of a ‘50s era child star. They‘re all on a collision course of sorts. Both realistic and off-kilter.

Reggie Sounds interesting, and everytime I‘m at B&N it‘s right there front and center. 1mo
Ruthiella @Reggie It was an interesting book. The plot seemed to be all over the place, but it came together in the end. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Totally agree. You‘d love it too @Reggie 1mo
merelybookish Great review! I'm curious if you felt it was similar to Awad at all? 1mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish Yes, I see the similarity. But this felt more grounded than the two Awad novels I‘ve read, where I really questioned what was real and what was fantasy. What really wowed me here was her depiction of Blandine/Tiffany. Her intelligence and her pain. I‘d say that complicated protagonist is also a similarity with Awad. (edited) 1mo
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Pinta
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^^p 271. Brutal & inventive character descriptions, James with his sandblasted soul, a neutered swan.

Every-other sentence sparkling with suppressed rage.

P 249 “She senses that there is something hilarious about catcalling; she just doesn‘t know what it is.”

P 87 “Tiffany is insecure, cerebral, and enraged. Pretty in an extraterrestrial sort of way. Addicted to learning because it distracts her from the hostilities of her consciousness…”

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Pinta
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A revenge novel, against the world at large. Prose that CRACKLES, but with an emptiness like the abandoned Zorn automobile factories. Relentless Rust Belt decline & despair, foster child frustration. A city under a permacloud. Class warfare. Corruption. Mystics. Something so desolate, so lonely. Showy & painful, clamoring for attention. Adoration & hatred. Loving the downward spiral. Who is a “bad person?” The transformative ordinary. 2022

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Cinfhen
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A truly impressive debut. I can‘t imagine what it‘s like to be Tess Gunty with all of that creativity flowing through your brain cells all day. This book is intentionally weird and that was both a gift & a curse. Rabbit Hutch follows a group of residents residing in a rundown apartment complex as each is facing a personal battle. The pacing & culmination were a little off but still memorable and original, an author I‘m excited to hear more from.

Cinfhen Also must acknowledge the fantastic illustrations!! In this case I think print probably trumps audio 💕 2mo
BarbaraBB Tess Gunty has a great Instagram account. She seems such a nice person, someone you think could be your friend! 2mo
TrishB I would definitely try her next book. 2mo
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Cinfhen I‘ll check her out on IG - thanks @BarbaraBB 2mo
Cinfhen Right, @TrishB you can see the makings of a great author 2mo
squirrelbrain I tried this but bailed after only a few pages, but I think that was my brain at the time, rather than the book. I may try again soon, as everyone else seems to like it! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I so want to read this but HATE the U.S. cover so much that I refuse to buy it. Yes, I know that I‘m weird, thanks for asking. 2mo
Cinfhen I LOVE this cover @MicheleinPhilly what do you hate about it??? 2mo
Cinfhen I think you‘d like it @squirrelbrain if you try again, but it‘s definitely on the weird side of fiction😜 2mo
MicheleinPhilly The font, the graphic, the color. I hate everything. I have no idea why I feel so strongly about it but I think it looks very amateur-ish. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen I love that the graphic is amateur-ish!!! Everything you hate about the cover I totally dig!! Guess that makes us both weirdo‘s xxxx @MicheleinPhilly and btw - I do think you‘d like this book!!! It‘s really out there!! (edited) 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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So many intriguing reviews…a book I‘m most excited for…so far it‘s keeping me guessing- like wtf is going on??!!? I can see why this is getting SO MUCH BUZZ 🐝 also the cover is STUNNING 🤩

TrishB Very different cover here. Also, you will still be going wtf is happening at the end 😁 will look forward to your review! 2mo
tpixie Gorgeous cover! 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good! I hope you‘ll keep on loving it! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @TrishB weird. I have this same cover, thought it would be the UK one! 2mo
Balibee146 Another one for the tbr....looking forward to your final thoughts 😁 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s BEYOND weird @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Balibee146 but I‘m OBSESSED 😁 I saw the UK cover, I think it‘s pink, right Trish??? This cover is fantastic @tpixie it has an iridescent sheen 😍 2mo
tpixie @Cinfhen ooo even better!! ⭐️ 💕 2mo
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The Rabbit Hutch -T.Gunty
A World of Curiosities- Louise Penny
A Book of Days- Patti Smith
The Cloisters-K. Hays
A Harmless Lie-S. Blardel

bibliothecarivs • Orwell's Roses by Rebeccs Solnit
• Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono
• How to Live Like A Monk: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life by Danièle Cybulskie & Anna Lobanova
• Revenge of the Librarians by Tom Gauld
• The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape by Richard King
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kspenmoll @bibliothecarivs I want to read Orwell‘s Roses too. 2mo
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With 19 year old Blondine as a focal point, The Rabbit Hutch follows a group of characters living in the titular building (a nickname), a low rent apartment building in a decaying Indiana town. This was good. Good enough that Gunty leaves you wanting more about each character when turning to the next, but also enjoying that latest character‘s story.

BarbaraBB I was super impressed by this his one. 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! I feel the same. 2mo
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This is one of those books that goes from WTF to wow! The way the characters crash together in the end was exquisite!

The Rabbit Hutch is a low-income housing complex in a dying Indiana town. The book follows a new mother and three boys plus one girl, who have just aged out of foster care. Coming from LA, there‘s the son of a child star. Gunty slowly reveals their back stories and what drew them all to an apartment from the first scene. Note ⬇️

Megabooks Note: the audiobook narration was fine (not great), but I‘d probably recommend this in print. 2mo
squirrelbrain I tried this from the library but had too many books on the go at once so bailed very quickly. I may try it again sometime, as many Littens seem to like it. 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain you really have to give it a lot of attention, so I can see why it didn‘t work for you then. 2mo
BarbaraBB Lovely review! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you! 2mo
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Had to give this a “pick” because of the writing. Gunty‘s prose is stunning. The story itself was…different. I can absolutely see why it was long listed for the National Book Award, but it has some moments that are a little slow and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. That being said, every character was compelling, even when totally unlikeable.

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I loved this book but it‘s hard to review. Various storylines, various extremely intriguing characters. What they share is The Rabbit Hutch, a run-down apartment building in Vacca Vale, a city in decay.

There are rabbits, but there‘s so much more. There are mystics, there is this great love affair, there is a woman editing obituaries, there is a famous dying actress and her estranged son… ⬇️

BarbaraBB …., there are the three boys out of foster case who are sharing one of the apartments, there‘s a goat. Maybe there is bit too much but I loved this debut and can‘t wait to see what Tess Gunty comes up with next! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I tried this but I think I was reading too much all at once, so I bailed pretty quickly. I may try again one day, but it‘s not top of my list! 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I think you‘s like it but it‘s not a book to read in combination with others indeed so I see why you bailed! 2mo
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Megabooks I just picked this up on audio during the audible sale! Looking forward to it! 2mo
TrishB I enjoyed it- a bit bonkers and busy. But I‘ll definitely try another one by the author. Great review 👍🏻 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I really want to pick this one up but I hate the cover SO MUCH. I may just have to suck it up and get it from Waterstones. 2mo
Ruthiella Definitely super curious about this book! Your review has added to my excitement. I have it on hold at the library. 😃 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I read it because of your review! 2mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @Megabooks @Ruthiella I honestly thought of the three of you while reading this book. I so think you‘ll love it. Ignore the cover Michele, I‘ve known them much uglier 🤍 2mo
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bookish_wookish
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Finally! Ive been waiting on this one!

Megabooks I have my eyes on this! 👀 (edited) 3mo
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TrishB
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So hard to review. A pick because I couldn‘t put down. As a debut novel it certainly gave me enough to want to read more by the author.
Funny, bonkers, critical of the world.
Sometimes too many things going on.
Some beautiful writing that I read over quite a few times.
Definitely worth a read for something different, but occasionally trying to hard to be so.
Ok I can‘t make my friggin mind up 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

Cinfhen You definitely managed to peek my curiosity 4mo
squirrelbrain I reserved this at the library and it was going to be Sept, but has moved nearer by a few weeks… definitely intrigued now! 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain I can‘t wait to see what you think! Has a Bunny vibe, but easier to follow (mostly!). 4mo
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BarbaraBB Another book about bunnies?? You made me curious though! 4mo
merelybookish Great review! And I get the mixed feelings. I feel like she was trying to do so much that it got away from her at times. 4mo
merelybookish I really didn't get the storyline about the actress and her son??? Like I didn't get what it contributed to the whole thing? 4mo
TrishB @merelybookish I kept waiting to see what the connection would be! But no, he was there at the end but still no explanation 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
CarolynM You‘ve sold me. Stacked. 4mo
TrishB @CarolynM 👍🏻 hope you like when you get to it. 4mo
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
This book is compelling, not really sure what‘s happening some of the time, it‘s funny and beautifully written too.

MicheleinPhilly That cover is SOOOO much better than ours. I find ours hideous! 4mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly yeah, I‘m not too fussed on that heart cover! 4mo
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#currentread
I had to check the blurb to see that I am supposed to be laughing! Funny and bonkers so far.

Ruthiella Sounds fabulous. A second recommendation after @merelybookish 👍 4mo
TrishB @Ruthiella I saw @merelybookish review and agree with it all so far! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Hi Sansa! 😘 4mo
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merelybookish I feel like the epigraph really sets a tone! 😆 Will be excited to hear your review when you finish! 4mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly Sansa says a sloppy hi 👋🐶 4mo
TrishB @merelybookish it definitely did! 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 4mo
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merelybookish
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A novel about a girl and other residents of an apartment complex in a Rust Belt town. Blandine is an 18 year-old former foster kid obsessed with the she-mystics who wants to save a local nature preserve from development. She lives amongst a cast of characters living in a town whose glory days are long past. It's a messy sprawl of a novel that highlights what it takes to survive in a city that feels abandoned. Maybe it's the rabbit connection 👇

merelybookish But the prose reminded me of Mona Awad. It had a similar propulsive, ebullient almost absurdist quality to it. Not all the sub-stories hung together for me, but I admired the ambition of this novel and came to care about the fates of the residents of Vacca Vale. #netgalley 4mo
Ruthiella You had me at Mona Awad! 4mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes! The ending is not nearly as bonkers but something about tone/style felt similar. 4mo
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Quite the epigraph! 😳
#netgalley

vivastory 😬 5mo
Graywacke Hmm. Well then… 5mo
merelybookish @vivastory @Graywacke I think it's from the movie Roger and Me by Michael Moore. 5mo
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