A devastating, darkly comic story of a woman's slide into depression and institutionalisation from a master of razor-edged literary humour
It's New Year's Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship, mandatory fun and paper hats. While dining out with her husband and their friends, Bunny - an acerbic, mordantly witty and clinically depressed writer - fully unravels. Her breakdown lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital, where she refuses all modes of recommended treatment.
Propelled by razor-sharp comic timing and rife with pinpoint insights, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be at once impervious and raw. Rabbits for Food shows how art can lead us out of - or into - the depths of disconsolate loneliness and piercing grief. A bravura literary performance from one of America's finest writers.
Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of the story collection History on a Personal Note and six novels, including On Mermaid Avenue, Hester among the Ruins, An Almost Perfect Moment, and The Scenic Route. Her novels have been chosen as Notable Books of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, NPR, TIME, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. Her work has been translated into seven languages.
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