The Constant Rabbit

Viking. Sept. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780593296523. $28. F
The Spontaneous Anthropomorphic Event of 1965 results in an England where six-foot-tall intelligent rabbits can be one’s friends and neighbors. Or could be if it weren’t for all of the anti-Rabbit sentiment, phobia, and persecution that Rabbits face in everyday life. Peter Knox, human, casually lepirophobic, and employed by the Rabbit Control Board that criminalizes and subjugates Rabbits, confronts his own prejudices when his old college friend Constance Rabbit moves in next door with her family and her connections to the Rabbit Underground. Forced to finally choose a side, Peter discovers that Rabbits are more intelligent, compassionate, and downright human than anyone he’s ever met. Meanwhile, the Rabbit community decides that, in fact, they are much too good for humans, who are not nearly ready to be rehabilitated. This title, like last year’s Early Riser, makes one huge change in order to comment on contemporary life, particularly racial relations, and to examine how easily average people can be led to accept the unacceptable and enable the worst but loudest members of society. The message can be a bit heavy-handed but is still wrapped in the author’s trademark sense of wry humor and sarcastic wit.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who have already fallen in love with this author, and libraries where his works are popular.

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