On Sale: May 7, 2019
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Master of razor-edged literary humor Binnie Kirshenbaum
returns with her first novel in a decade, a devastating,
laugh-out-loud funny story of a writer’s slide into
depression and institutionalization.
It’s New Year’s Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship,
mandatory fun, and paper hats. While dining out with her
husband and their friends, Kirshenbaum’s protagonist—an
acerbic, mordantly witty, and clinically depressed
writer—fully unravels. Her breakdown lands her in the psych
ward of a prestigious New York hospital, where she refuses
all modes of recommended treatment. Instead, she passes the
time chronicling the lives of her fellow “lunatics” and
writing a novel about what brought her there. Her story is a
brilliant and brutally funny dive into the disordered mind
of a woman who sees the world all too clearly.
Propelled by razor-sharp comic timing and rife with pinpoint
insights, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved
and loved, to succeed and fail, to be at once impervious and
raw. Rabbits for Food shows how art can lead us out of—or
into—the depths of disconsolate loneliness and piercing
grief. A bravura literary performance from one of our most
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