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Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum

Rabbits for Food

Binnie Kirshenbaum

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2 reviews

Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 14 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781788164658

'A bitingly funny, and occasionally heartbreaking, look at mental illness, love and relationships' The New York Times Bunny is sick to the back teeth of - well, everything, really, but especially New Year's Eve. It's nothing more than forced fellowship, mandatory fun, and paper hats.

3 stars out of 5
Claire Allfree
7 Nov 2019

"A psychotic breakdown is not often the stuff of comedy but, in her first novel in ten years, Binnie Kirshenbaum makes it so without belittling the subject."

A psychotic breakdown is not often the stuff of comedy but, in her first novel in ten years, Binnie Kirshenbaum makes it so without belittling the subject.

Bunny, a successful novelist, hasn't washed for days or left her NYC apartment for weeks, but is determined nonetheless to go out for dinner with her husband and friends on New Year's Eve, despite despising precisely this sort of event...

Yet for all the delicious pleasure to be found in Bunny, scathing voice, it's hard to fully warm to this novel, perhaps because its emotionally hollowed-out protagonist is so stubbornly set on self-obliteration there's simply not enough of her left over for the reader.

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4 stars out of 5
1 Nov 2019

"The story of a writer’s mental collapse wryly mixes comedy and pathos"

It’s a fine line to walk. There are some hackneyed observations (yes, people can be unsympathetic to mental illness) and sometimes the jokes are like quips from a sitcom where the laughs come less from the situation than from characters exchanging wisecracks. But the undertow of sadness keeps it anchored, with fine dramatic timing in a touching scene of an uncomfortable, emotional visit from her parents, which ends with the footnote: “The truth is that this never happened. Her parents have never come to visit.”