Tess Gunty in conversation with Patricia Pierson
The Rabbit Hutch and Literature in the Age of AI
Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm
An online obituary writer. A young mother with a dark secret. A woman waging a solo campaign against rodents — neighbors, separated only by the thin walls of a low-cost housing complex in the once bustling industrial center of Vacca Vale, Indiana. Welcome to the Rabbit Hutch. Set over one sweltering week in July and culminating in a bizarre act of violence that finally changes everything, The Rabbit Hutch is a savagely beautiful and bitingly funny snapshot of contemporary America, a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and longing, entrapment and, ultimately, freedom.
Tess Gunty holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. Her work has appeared in many publications, such as The Iowa Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The Rabbit Hutch won the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction. It has been optioned for film rights by Fremantle.
Patricia Pierson, PhD is an Associate Director of the UC Irvine Center for Storytelling and the Literary Journalism Program. Her research, community projects, and teaching explore the intersections of life writing, narrative, and critical theory.