Posted on August 26, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congratulations are in order for author Tess Gunty, who has won the first ever Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize.

Her novel, The Rabbit Hutch, was described as "an exquisite, triumphant book which at once recalls the very best of the contemporary canon, while remaining fiercely original and innovative," according to the Guardian.

For her part, Gunty said that while writing the novel wasn't easy, winning £5,000 ($5,900) and “the promise of ongoing commitment” from Waterstones was a form of redemption.

The Rabbit Hutch focuses on an apartment building (from where it takes its title) in a dying Rust Belt town, in which one unit houses four teenagers who have aged out of foster care.

We spend just a week with them as they yearn for a better escape than what the system has dealt them.

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