Rabbits for Food (Hardback)

Binnie Kirshenbaum

A devastating, darkly comic story of a woman's slide into depression and institutionalisation from a master of razor-edged literary humour.

'A bitingly funny, and occasionally heartbreaking, look at mental illness, love and relationships'
The New York Times

'Razor-sharp, astutely observed and acerbically funny' Guardian

'A psychotic breakdown is not often the stuff of comedy but Binnie Kirshenbaum makes it so without belittling the subject.' Daily Mail


'Darkly funny' Red

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.
And yet Bunny finds herself out at another New Year's dinner with her husband and a group of particularly irritating friends. It's really no wonder that this provokes an extreme action that lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital.
Refusing treatment, Bunny passes the time chronicling the lives of her fellow "lunatics" and writing a novel about what brought her there. Her story is a brilliant, brutally funny insight dive into the disordered mind of someone who sees the world all too clearly.
Propelled by razor-sharp humour and rife with pinpoint observations, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be impervious and raw. A bravura literary performance from one of America's finest writers.

Publication date: 14/11/2019

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788164658

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Rabbits for Food (Ebook)

Binnie Kirshenbaum

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A devastating, darkly comic story of a woman's slide into depression and institutionalisation from a master of razor-edged literary humour.

'A bitingly funny, and occasionally heartbreaking, look at mental illness, love and relationships'
The New York Times

'Razor-sharp, astutely observed and acerbically funny' Guardian

'A psychotic breakdown is not often the stuff of comedy but Binnie Kirshenbaum makes it so without belittling the subject.' Daily Mail


'Darkly funny' Red

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.
And yet Bunny finds herself out at another New Year's dinner with her husband and a group of particularly irritating friends. It's really no wonder that this provokes an extreme action that lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital.
Refusing treatment, Bunny passes the time chronicling the lives of her fellow "lunatics" and writing a novel about what brought her there. Her story is a brilliant, brutally funny insight dive into the disordered mind of someone who sees the world all too clearly.
Propelled by razor-sharp humour and rife with pinpoint observations, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be impervious and raw. A bravura literary performance from one of America's finest writers.

Publication date: 14/11/2019

£8.99

ISBN: 9781782836643

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Rabbits for Food (Paperback)

Binnie Kirshenbaum

A devastating, darkly comic story of a woman's slide into depression and institutionalisation from a master of razor-edged literary humour

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, Bunny - 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.

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 America's finest writers.

Publication date: 01/04/2021

£8.99

ISBN: 9781788164665

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Binnie Kirshenbaum

Binnie Kirshenbaum

Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of the story collection History on a Personal Note and six novels, including On Mermaid Avenue, Hester Among the Ruins, An Almost Perfect Moment, and The Scenic Route. Her novels have been chosen as Notable Books of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, NPR, TIME, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post. Her work has been translated into seven languages.