Literary Cocktail Hour

The Literary Cocktail Hour is an fun, informal monthly event featuring a pair (or more) of speakers in an entertaining, illuminating virtual event based on the notion of a cocktail hour!

 

 The Rabbit Hutch — Tess Gunty

with Robin MacArthur

  Friday, November 11 at 5:00

Blandine isn’t like the other residents of her building. 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.

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 beautiful and bitingly funny snapshot of contemporary America, a tale of loneliness and longing, entrapment and, ultimately, freedom.

FINALIST FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION

 

TESS GUNTY earned an MFA in creative writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her debut novel, The Rabbit Hutch, is a finalist for the 2022 National Book Award. 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.

 

 

 


ROBIN MACARTHUR 
lives and works on the farm where she was born in Vermont. She is the author of Half Wild: Stories (winner of the 2017 PEN/New England Award), the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, and one-half of the indie-folk duo Red Heart the Ticker.

 

 


YouTube recording available below. 

Tess Gunty and Robin MacArthur