The Burrow

A Novel

ISBN:
9781959030867
Pub Date:
11/12/2024
List Price:
$16.95
Page Count:
160
ISBN:
9781959030935
Pub Date:
11/12/2024
List Price:
$16.95
Page Count:
160

A wise and moving story about a family navigating grief, hope, and healing through a bond with a new pet rabbit.

“How rare, this delicacy—this calm, sweet, desolated wisdom.”—Helen Garner

Big-hearted and moving, Melanie Cheng’s The Burrow brings together a family trying to find their way forward in the wake of a devastating loss. Parents Jin and Amy Lee adopt a rabbit for their daughter Lucie in the hopes of restoring a bit of joy to their home in the Australian suburbs, and at first, each family member benefits from the distraction of a new creature in need of care. Things are upended when the arrival of Amy’s estranged mother breaks their fragile sense of peace, and the family is forced to confront the terrible circumstances surrounding their tragedy and to ask themselves whether opening their hearts to the rabbit will help them to heal, or only invite further sorrow.

With compassion and a keen eye for detail, Cheng tenderly reveals the lives of others—even a small rabbit—in an unforgettable novel about grief, hope, and forgiveness.

Praise

  • “How rare, this delicacy—this calm, sweet, desolated wisdom.”

    —Helen Garner

  • A small pet rabbit takes on greater meaning in this tight, elegant story of a family quartet reckoning with grief. Melanie Cheng captures the claustrophobic, revelatory strangeness of the early days of the Covid lockdown while bravely mining complexities of human emotion—fear, guilt, anger, and love—in lovely, lucid prose that glitters throughout with cut stones of wisdom.

    —Lauren Acampora, author of The Paper Wasp

  • The Borrow’s restrained prose and heartbreaking honesty capture the paradox of living with trauma, where the smallest of daily interactions are often the most debilitating. Yet despite dealing with such weighty material, The Burrow is an engrossing, compulsive, and uplifting read—a testimony to Cheng’s mastery of style and keen insight into human nature.

    —Rajia Hassib, author of In the Language of Miracles