When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

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This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.


In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence-a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.


Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too, When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.

 

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Published May 1, 2011 by Headline Review. 341 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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This darkly comic novel’s child heroine quotes Nietzsche at the dinner table and names her pet rabbit “God.”

Jun 03 2011 | Read Full Review of When God Was a Rabbit

Entertainment Weekly

God the rabbit is a bit magical — he's able to speak with Elly — but that's par for the course in this eccentric coming-of-age story.

May 04 2011 | Read Full Review of When God Was a Rabbit

The Bookbag

It's a book that would be a terrific holiday read (though it's quite a quick read, so take something else too!) and I will certainly read future books by this promising author.

Sep 23 2011 | Read Full Review of When God Was a Rabbit

The New Zealand Herald

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Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of When God Was a Rabbit

TLC Book Tours

Annette and The Coven book club won THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN by Mitch Albom, Donna and the Arbours/Swenson book club won THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Raylene and A Novel Bunch won THE MOONLIGHT PALACE by Liz Rosenburg, and Maxine and the KDC Readers won GLIMPSING HEAV...

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Red Online

A debut novel from writer, Sarah Winman, which tells the story of 10-year-old Elly and her brother Joe.

Mar 09 2011 | Read Full Review of When God Was a Rabbit

Spectator Book Club

The brother discovers the betrayal, promises to keep it a secret and — this all happens in the first 30 pages — terrifies the elderly musician into suicide.

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Spectator Book Club

The novel is shaped by the gap of time between the abuse suffered by Elly as a child and her parents’ understanding, when the brave little girl is revealed in all her brave little girl glory.

Mar 19 2011 | Read Full Review of When God Was a Rabbit

Uniflame Creates

Yeah I saw that :) It is always nice to give books away to people who want to read them :).

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