The Rabbit Hutch

Winner, National Book Awards 2022 for Fiction

2022 National Book Award Winner - The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
ISBN 9780593534663
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House
author photo of Tess Gunty. (Photo credit: Lauren Alexandra)
Tess Gunty

Tess Gunty earned an MFA in creative writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Joyland, Los Angeles Review of Books, No Tokens, Flash, and elsewhere. She was raised in South Bend, Indiana, and lives in Los Angeles. More about this author >

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

Welcome to the Rabbit Hutch.

Ethereally beautiful and formidably intelligent, Blandine shares her apartment 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.

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A bold and prismatic debut novel, The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty is about the daily lives of the residents in a depressed Midwestern complex. Told over the course of one hot summer week and through a kaleidoscope of voices, The Rabbit Hutch is beautiful, biting, darkly comic, and provocative. This novel is a snapshot of America and the many ways we struggle with loneliness, yearning, and the painful pursuit of freedom.


Tess Gunty accepts the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction for The Rabbit Hutch

Tess Gunty at the 2022 National Book Awards Finalist Reading