How a Los Angeles writer distilled American hope and despair into summer’s big literary debut | app

Seven years ago, when Tess Gunty began writing her first novel, ‘The Rabbit Hutch’, she was 23, living in New York and experiencing a constant barrage of cat cries when she was walking down the street.

She felt, she said, “like a deer living in hunting grounds.” As if his flesh did not belong to him. To cope, she would disassociate herself. “I started to feel this kind of alienation from my body,” says Gunty, now 29. “I started to feel like I had to leave my body to go to my next destination.”

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