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Bunny: A Novel by [Mona Awad]

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"Every time I open it up, I stumble upon a crackling sentence." Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Awad has proved herself one of the most innovative and original authors out there, and
Bunny is a wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." —Los Angeles Times

"A work of toothsome and fanged intelligence....wickedly hilarious." —
The New Yorker 

"Deliciously evil . . . Awad is a stone-cold genius." —
The Washington Post

"Very funny and very sharp . . . An extremely readable page-turner." —NPR's "Weekend Edition"

"A dark, dazzling fairy tale . . . A touching story of true-versus-faux friendship that many women will relate to is at the heart of this novel, but fans of the occult will find plenty to love about the Bunnies' sci-fi-adjacent ritual experimentation. As if grad school needed to get any scarier." —
Vogue, "The Best Novels of 2019"

"[One of] the most cerebral and compulsively readable books of the season . . . This compelling novel about a mysterious grad school clique draws a bit of inspiration from
Mean Girls or Heathers...before long, the novel takes a turn into the surreal, applying the logic of a horror movie to its incisive exploration of cruelty between young women." —Vanity Fair

"A spiritual cousin to Stephen King’s
Carrie . . . Bunny is a kind of pastel-toned goth lit, an examination of what happens when 'soft' femininity meets the tougher kind—but one that also recognizes how blurry the distinction can be." —TIME

"Wacky and delicious." —Lauren Groff, via Twitter

"With visuals so vivid, and a plot so weird and gripping that it’s already been snapped up to be made into a TV series,
Bunny is a summer book, an escapist comedy, a beach read that you’ll want to pass around. But that’s only partly because it’s rollickingly, laugh-out-loud funny. What makes it memorable, and powerful, is the coupling of its go-for-broke sendup with an immense compassion . . . For all its dagger-sharpness, Bunny has a tenderly accommodating heart." —The Boston Globe

"It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, and you will not be able to put it down." —
The Washington Post

"A surreal, darkly funny take on art, power, and female friendships." —
Entertainment Weekly

"Exquisitely precise [and] funny as hell.'" —
The Boston Globe

"Like one of those razors marketed to women: you know, pink but still GD dangerous." —

"To call this a dark comedy undersells the richness of its message, and to say it’s a satire misses its realism.
Bunny is so sharp it will leave you bloody." —Vulture

"The weirdest novel you'll read this year . . . in the best way possible…With hints of
Heathers and Mean Girls, I read Bunny in one night and was genuinely bummed when it was over." —Mehera Bonner, Cosmopolitan

"[A] dizzying tale of misandry, class anxiety, and psychological torment . . . Fans of sinister girl gangs, take heart!" —
Harper’s Bazaar

"A dark, twisted novel that sharply interrogates women's relationships to one another and to art, academia, and class—it's the kind of book that leaves a taste in your mouth, the taste of blood. Who knew that would taste so good?" —

"Mona Awad’s prose is dangerous. She crafts beautiful meals laced with poison." —
The Paris Review

"Mona Awad lets femininity bare its fangs." —
The Toronto Star

"With notes of
Scream Queens and Heathers, Bunny takes readers into a twisted, terrifying cabal." —Newsweek

Bunny] quickly ascends to a Heathers level of camp without losing its grip on emotional reality . . . the struggle, shame, and frustration of making art rings true . . . enjoyable, insightful [and] compulsively readable." —Ploughshares

"Strange, gothic and viciously entertaining." —
The Irish Times

"Awad’s genius lies in her ability to take a familiar setup and turn it on its head—and then shake it and throw it off a cliff. That’s how twisted
Bunny gets." —Purewow

"Tall, dark and culty." —

"If you’ve ever been the odd one out, read
Bunny." —Refinery29

The Vegetarian meets Carrie meets Mean Girls in this deliciously dark tale about toxic female friendships, academia and class." —BookRiot, "7 of the Buzziest Beach Reads of the Year" 

"[A] riotous, pitch-black novel . . . [Awad's] sheer panache powers you through the hilarious, hallucinogenic freakery." —
The Daily Mail

"Gripping [and] unique." —

The Secret History meets Heathers with a dash of Mean Girls. You’re gonna love it." —HelloGiggles

"[A] clever, contemplative, truly absurd campus novel that manages to strike to the truth of things with a hot blade of magic.” —

"Awad’s prose is compulsively readable, and Samantha’s voice sticks in one’s head....With this book, no axe or spell is needed: whatever ritual Awad did,
Bunny came out just right." —Ploughshares

"[Awad] has a wicked sense of humor . . . The energy in her writing is truly infectious, and it’s a lot of fun to go with her down the rabbit hole." —
Washington Independent Review of Books

Bunny is the lovechild of Otessa Moshfegh’s Eileen and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History after a chance meeting at a midnight showing of Heathers . . . Dark but hilarious, quirky yet insightful, and at times just flat out weird, Bunny is the perfect anti-beach read for those of us who spend summer dreading the outside, opting to stay in burning scented candles with our curtains drawn and our white noise machine set to 'thunder storm.'" —Napa Valley Register

"[A] riveting and often funny tale about the dark side of female seduction." —
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Gripping [and] frenetically readable . . . In this exploration of how women’s repressed rage and desires can manifest, Awad weaponizes cuteness in a ferocious and dynamic way . . . [She] artfully demonstrates what it’s like to attempt to be creative while drowning in the alienating and garish malaise that is being alive in our current cultural moment." —
Quill & Quire

"Social acceptance, female friendship, the coming-of-age process . . . it's all ripe for the discussion here." —

"Astonishingly self-assured . . . Awad’s writing is somehow both gorgeous and gritty as she explores creativity, art and the universal desire to belong." —

"Full of
Fight Club-level plot twists and sharp, biting humor; the novel is the perfect summer-to-fall transition read. Pro-tip: Convince a friend to do a buddy read because you’ll want someone to discuss it with after." —Girls Night In (Book Club Pick) 

"A viciously funny bloodbath . . . Awad gleefully pumps up the novel's nightmarish quality until the boundary between perception and reality has all but dissolved completely. It's clear that Awad is having fun here—the proof is in the gore—and her delight is contagious . . . Wickedly sharp . . . A near-perfect realization of a singular vision." —
"Outstanding . . . highly addictive, darkly comedic . . . Awad will have readers racing to find out how it all ends—and they won’t be disappointed once the story reaches its wild finale. This is an enchanting and stunningly bizarre novel." —
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Sharp and utterly bonkers; think
Heathers gone to grad school." —Booklist

"[A] dark story that defies categorization." —
Library Journal

"Mona Awad’s precision is only matched by her wit as she mounts one of the most pristine, delightful attacks on popular girls since
Clueless. Bunny made me cackle and nod in terrified recognition. You will be glued to your cashmere blanket." —Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl

The Secret History meets Jennifer’s Body. This brilliant, sharp, weird book skewers the heightened rhetoric of obsessive female friendship in a way I don't think I've ever seen before. I loved it and I couldn't put it down." —Kristen Roupenian, author of "Cat Person" and You Know You Want This
"Hilarious and subversive, magical and knife-sharp. This novel—a send-up of academia, an astute exploration of class in creative circles, and an ode to the uncanny power of art—confirms Mona Awad as one of our great chroniclers of what it means to be alive right now. Bunny is a stunner." —Laura van den Berg, author of
The Third Hotel
"It is not an exaggeration to say that I devoured Bunny—teeth, fur, claws and all. Mona Awad has written a truly delectable novel that is equal parts wit, fancy, and wickedness. Unafraid to challenge some sacrosanct notions about women artists, female friendship, and writing, her book is a compulsively readable testament to the sheer creative force of loneliness and longing." —Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of
Miss Hempel Chronicles

"If you’ve ever entertained dark fantasies about what really goes on at an exclusive MFA program, Bunny will fulfill your wildest dreams . . . The novel twists from familiar campus realism to a dark fairytale, all the while traversing the emotional highs and lows of the writing process." —Electric Literature

About the Author

Mona Awad is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Colorado Book Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in Time, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney's, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07K5Z6TPF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books (June 11, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 11, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3206 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 317 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark academia, magical realism and horror, can't go wrong!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 1, 2022
Samantha is a MFA creative writing scholarship student in the elite Warren University. She doesn't seem to have anything in common with other students in her course, who are all from rich families, do everything together and for whatever the reasons - call each other Bunnies. One day she gets a surprising invitation to their creative get-together evening, Smut Salon. Soon enough Samantha has to question reality as she knows it. And you as a reader will follow shortly.

Well this was a bizarre book. It's funny, disorienting and a bit wild. There's dark academia, magical realism and horror. Naturally I loved it. I must say I had to think about the storyline for a few days after finishing. There's ways to interpret it I guess and I have my own theories. The writing is clever and everything has its place and meaning, even if it doesn't seem like that at first.You can read it as a crazy story without even analyzing the meaning and still get a kick out of it. I really don't know how to further review it without spoilers hmm.


Was it even real? The whole of it, the making people out of bunnies part, the weird cult she was drawn into? Because, as we learned, Samantha had the ability to turn other animals into human beings, the other girls only could use rabbits. Her best friend, Ava, was unknowingly summoned alive from a swan. When Samantha started engaging more with the Bunny cult, Ava disappeared. And what happened during that time? She was given some sort of pills. It was never specified what kind of pills they were. She could have been a psych patient for all we know. And Max, who she also "made", took revenge on the bunnies. Ava and Max were like the opposite sides of Samantha's personality that were fighting her inner fights in the "real world". But it doesn't totally add up since she did witness making people out of rabbits during that time. Or was it all a psychotic episode? Or could we look at it as an outsider's view of the "normal" that seems incomprehensible to her? Such a weird story.
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