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Rabbit Cake (Paperback)

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Elvis Babbit is an 11-year-old budding naturalist who takes after her mother, a biologist, who drowned 4 months earlier while sleepswimming (yes, sleepswimming). Elvis searches for an explanation to her mother's death everywhere she can think of: her mother's manuscript on animal sleep habits; by talking to her sympathetic school counselor; and even by calling her mother's telephone psychic. She's also trying to solve the problem of her grieving lipstick-wearing father, and her sister who has developed a dangerous sleepwalking habit of her own and a goal of baking 1000 rabbit-shaped cakes. Through Elvis's eyes we see the whole Babbitt family coming to terms with their grief, each in their own quirky way. Elvis is a wonderfully precocious, strong, and darkly funny narrator, and I loved her voice. A wonderful debut from Annie Hartnett.

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A Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Book Riot, The Chicago Review of Books, Minnesota Public Radio, and more

An Indies Introduce and Indie Next Pick

Fans of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette and and Kevin Wilson's The Family Fang will delight in Annie Hartnett's debut, a darkly comic novel about a young girl named Elvis trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040560
ISBN-10: 194104056X
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 344
Language: English