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“On a hot night in Apartment C4, Blandine Watkins exits her body. She is only 18 years old, but she has spent most of her life wishing for this to happen.”

You have to love a novel that begins with a sentence like that.

This story about the residents of a down-and-out Midwestern apartment building has been noted for its lush language about its odd assortment of characters.

THE RABBIT HUTCH, by Tess Gunty | 338 pp. | Alfred A. Knopf | $28

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