Description With her husband stranded in a war-torn country halfway around the world, a university professor – on whom the burden of managing their small family has suddenly fallen – tries to maintain order at home. Her young daughter seems not to mind, or even really notice, the father’s absence. But as the weeks go on, mounting pressure on the narrator to balance family and work begins to take a toll.
So, when an enterprising and overeager graduate student, known only as “Schpleeven”, begs to “hack” her situation, the narrator gives in and Schpleevan connects her husband’s video calls to a plastic bunny toy.
Darkly funny and eerily prescient, Bunn-O examines technology’s unbelievable ability to connect us, as well as its extraordinary power to tear us apart.
Bunn-O by Kate Tighe-Pigott is a short, engaging story of a family, a world apart but trying to remain connected through technology. On one side, the husband, a major tech geek, enlists the help of grad student to build a telepresence device out of a plastic toy bunny.
The wife (and narrator) of the story is initially on board, but as the weeks and months drag on becomes ever isolated and disillusioned by the whole set up. Pulled in ever more confusing directions, until the final, dramatic scene. I caught myself holding my breath through the last minute or so.
Superbly narrated by Emily Bauer, I found her easy to listen to and thoroughly pleasing as the voice of the narrator.
Yes, this is a short review but so was the story at just 50 minutes. Don't let the short timespan put you off though; there's a hell of a lot of story packed in.