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Old May 6th, 2024, 04:18 PM
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Bunny by Mona Awad

Bunny by Mona Awad
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"Why do you lie so much? And about the weirdest little things? my mother always asked me. I don’t know, I always said. But I did know. It was very simple. Because it was a better story."

Enough dystopia. Let's read a contemporary novel!

Bunny by Mona Award is a "wicked satire" (according to the NYT) from 2020 about a friend cult at a university. Rich girls doing crazy stuff! This book is being called Heathers meets The Vegetarian, but it's also being called Watership Down meets Eraserhead. Whaaaat? And it's set in a fancy graduate program in New England? We are in. All the way in. Mona Awad got her MFA at Brown, so if there's skewers to poke at grad school silliness, she's got sharp ones, we're sure.

Here, you can check out Mona Awad's web site.
Here, you can see Bunny on GoodReads.
Here, you can read a review of the novel in the Brown Daily Herald.

From this review: "Bunny follows Samantha Heather Mackey as the close quarters of her MFA program push her to interact with “the Bunnies,” a group of four, hyper-feminine, extremely annoying MFA students who all refer to each other as Bunny. Mackey stays on the periphery of this group except for their weekly workshops, where she stays quiet while the Bunnies heap praise onto each other’s uncreatively experimental works. There is a perpetual chorus of Bunny-isms in the book, from the cutesy — “just because you’re so amazing, Bunny,” — to the pretentious — “it’s just always so interesting how you engage with the Body” — to the loving — “Bunny, I love you.”"

Can't wait for the film adaptation. Must read novel.
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Awesome! Been wanting to read this.
Hop. Hop. Hooray!
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BUNNYYES! I am going to LISTEN to this one. Have audiobook, will engage.

I am going to PAINT tomorrow and will start it then, Bunny.
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BUNNYYES! I am going to LISTEN to this one. Have audiobook, will engage.

I am going to PAINT tomorrow and will start it then, Bunny.
Your wagon?
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My kitchen window seat.

Narrator: She didn't paint or listen to Bunny. She put on taylor swift and read a thriller.
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With apologies to those in this thread, how does one recommend a book for the club? I looked in the help thread, but it wasn’t helpful.
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You can recommend it right here, Acathala! Which book? And also… Which help thread did you look at? The Start Here thread in this form has a “How do I suggest a book?” line so I’m wondering if there’s another one.

Btw I’ve started Bunny and yikes it seems like graduate programs in English haven’t changed since we were there, Filly! My initial response is like respect that she’s writing about this stuff openly and also horror that i recognize so much of it.
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Okay, I’m going to suggest “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” by Bram Stoker.

The wording of where you could post a suggestion was a little unclear. Also seemed a little impolite to post in another book thread.
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Help us out -- how could it be more clear? And... tell us more about The Jewel of the Seven Stars. I haven't read it but I think Egyptomania and imperialism could be an interesting discussion, and comparing Margaret to Stoker's other female characters. But what about it appeals to you?

Update on my thoughts re Bunny:

1. I am reminded of how young grad students are.
2. It's like a guilty pleasure teen satire but with f*** and Derrida.
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I'm on chapter 20.

 
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I AM ONE HOUR IN.

ANd I still have a whole day or two of may. I like the reader and the humor. I love creepy doll.
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Okay I may have misread the the start here thread.

In other news I have started “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” thread. I hope that’s okay. Quite excited to hear what you guys thought of it.
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