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"Jon Swift + Witches of Eastwick + Kelly 'Get In Trouble' Link + Mean Girls + Creative Writing Degree Hell! No punches pulled, no hilarities dodged, no meme unmangled! O Bunny you are sooo genius!" —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter"A wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times "Awad is a stone-cold genius." —Ann Bauer, The Washington PostThe Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel from the acclaimed author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl"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 of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark 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 seem to move and speak as one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon," and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door—ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies' sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision. The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.Named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, Electric Literature, and The New York Public Library
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"Jon Swift + Witches of Eastwick + Kelly 'Get In Trouble' Link + Mean Girls + Creative Writing Degree Hell! No punches pulled, no hilarities dodged, no meme unmangled! O Bunny you are sooo genius!" —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
"A wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times

"Awad is a stone-cold genius." —Ann Bauer, The Washington Post

The Vegetarian
meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel from the acclaimed author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

"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 of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark 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 seem to move and speak as one.
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The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.
Named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, Electric Literature, and The New York Public Library
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        Samantha Heather Mackey feels outflanked by a bunch of rich-girl students in her prestigious MFA program who call one another Bunny. Then the Bunnies invite her to join their twisted fun. Following the darkly sparkling 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, LibraryReads pick, and more.

        Copyright 1 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from April 8, 2019
        Awad’s outstanding novel follows the highly addictive, darkly comedic tale of sardonic Samantha Mackey, a fiction MFA student at a top-tier New England school. There, four of her fellow writers are a ghoulish clique of women who cryptically refer to each other as “Bunny.” To outsiders, the Bunnies come across as insipid with their colorful, patterned dresses and perfect hair. Samantha feels more grounded after her first year and after meeting Ava, who becomes her only friend, over the summer break. Samantha dreads the Bunnies’ return upon learning the four of them are the only other participants in her writing workshop; once in class, they dismiss her work while praising their own. The trajectory of Samantha’s life alters after she receives an unexpected invitation from the Bunnies to join them. Samantha’s desire for acceptance leads her down a dangerous path into the Bunnies’ rabbit hole, which begins with them drinking weird concoctions and reading erotic poetry together in sessions they call the “Smut Salon.” Soon, though, Samantha begins to believe in the Bunnies’ views, becomes unreliable as a narrator, and willingly participates in their increasingly twisted games. Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl) 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. Agent: Bill Clegg, the Clegg Agency.

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        April 15, 2019
        A viciously funny bloodbath eviscerating the rarefied world of elite creative writing programs, Awad's latest may be the first (and only?) entry into the canon of MFA horror. Samantha Heather Mackey is the single outsider among her fiction cohort at Warren University, which is populated by Bunnies. "We call them Bunnies," she explains, "because that is what they call each other." The Bunnies are uniform in their Bunniness: rich and hyperfeminine and aggressively childlike, fawning over each other ("Can I just say I loved living in your lines and that's where I want to live now forever?"), wearing kitten-printed dresses, frequenting a cafe where all the food is miniature, from the mini cupcakes to the mini sweet potato fries. Samantha is, by definition, not a Bunny. But then a note appears in her student mailbox, sinister and saccharine at once: an invitation to the Bunnies' Smut Salon, one of their many Bunny customs from which Samantha has always been excluded, like "Touching Tuesdays" or "making little woodland creatures out of marzipan." And even though she despises the Bunnies and their cooing and their cloying girlishness and incomprehensible stories, she cannot resist the possibility of finally, maybe being invited into their sweet and terrifying club. Smut Salon, though, is tame compared to what the Bunnies call their "Workshop," which, they explain, is an "experimental" and "intertextual" project that "subverts the whole concept of genre," and also "the patriarchy of language," and also several other combinations of creative writing buzzwords. ("This is about the Body," a Bunny tells Samantha, upon deeming her ready to participate. "The Body performing in all its nuanced viscerality.") As Samantha falls deeper into their twee and terrifying world--drifting from her only non-Bunny friend in the process--Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, 2016) 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, if not altogether pleasant, it's a near-perfect realization of a singular vision--and definitely not for everyone.

        COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        May 1, 2019
        In this wicked tale, MFA candidate Samantha rails against, but nonetheless engages in, the faux-gritty, privileged culture of her highly selective creative-writing program. Though her cohort is exclusively female, the group is far from picture-perfectly progressive. Samantha loathes the clique of sugary-white besties who relentlessly refer to one another as Bunny. That is, until they decide to include her in their weekly Smut Salon, a gathering shrouded in vanilla-scented mystery. What Samantha discovers the Bunnies are up to is beyond mortal comprehension: they've been sacrificing (via axe) actual rabbits and turning them into their ideal men, all in the name of creating art beyond their bedazzled, turquoise typewriters. A series of gory hangouts, and Samantha's Bunny indoctrination, ensues. Samantha is eventually saved from the cupcakey murder cult by a few helpful reminders that a world beyond the MFA program exists, and that she will very soon have to engage with it. Awad's (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, 2016) latest is sharp and utterly bonkers; think Heathers gone to grad school.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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        July 17, 2020

        When the clique of women in Samantha Heather Mackey's MFA program for fiction invite her to attend one of their exclusive gatherings, her life takes a sharp turn for the bizarre. With elements of horror as well as magical realism, this is ultimately too campy, over-the-top, and comedic to be truly frightening. VERDICT Recommended for teens who like to write.-Elliot Riley, Deerfield Academy, MA

        Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"Jon Swift + Witches of Eastwick + Kelly 'Get In Trouble' Link + Mean Girls + Creative Writing Degree Hell! No punches pulled, no hilarities dodged, no meme unmangled! O Bunny you are sooo genius!" —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
"A wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times

"Awad is a stone-cold genius." —Ann Bauer, The Washington Post

The Vegetarian
meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel from the acclaimed author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

"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 of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she...
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