The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one.
"We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful. We nearly died. We very nearly did, didn't we?"
Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more different from the other members of her master's program at New England's elite Warren University. A self-conscious scholarship student who prefers the company of her imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other "Bunny," and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight it seems their bodies might become permanently fused.
But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' exclusive monthly "Smut Salon," and finds herself drawn as if by magic to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, an audacious art school dropout, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into Bunny world, and starts to take part in the off-campus "Workshop" where they devise their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur, and her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies are brought into deadly collision.
A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale about loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and female friendship and desire, Bunny is the dazzlingly original second book from an author with tremendous "insight into the often-baffling complexities of being a woman" (The Atlantic).
MONA AWAD is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. It was also longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a PhD 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.
Advance praise for Bunny:
“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 the viral short story “Cat Person”
“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 Madeline Is Sleeping and Miss Hempel Chronicles
"Hilarious and subversive, magical and knife-sharp: Bunny is a stunner." --Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
Praise for Mona Awad and 13 Ways of Being a Fat Girl:
“Honest, searing, and necessary.”
“Stunning . . . As you watch Lizzie navigate fraught relationships—with food, men, girlfriends, her parents and even with herself—you’ll want to grab a friend and say: ‘Whoa. This. Exactly.’“
“A hilarious, heartbreaking book.”
“Heartbreaking . . . [rife] with beauty and humor.”
“[Awad’s] prose is lively, while her insight into the often-baffling complexities of being a woman is touching and sharp.”
“Awad is a fine writer with a keen sense of black humor, which makes this often sad story more entertaining than you might expect.”
“Dark and caustically funny . . . [This] book somehow manages to strike a balance between depressing and hilarious.”
—Time Out New York
“Awad’s sensitive, unflinching depiction of [Lizzie's struggle] is a valuable addition to the canon of American womanhood.”
“With dark humor and heartbreaking honesty, Awad cuts away at diet culture and the pressure on women to make thinness and beauty their priority.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Awad's writing is heartbreaking and witty, while her prose is insightful and sharp-elbowed in its caustic edge.”
—The Salt Lake Tribune
“In this dark, honest debut, Awad sharply observes . . . the struggles of growing up, growing out, and trying to slim down, at any cost.”
“Mona Awad writes exactly what you’re thinking, and that’s one of the many reasons you’re going to love her debut. . . . [13 Ways] announces her as a writer with real insight not only to the mind, but also to the heart.”