The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Mia-"Rabbit"-Hayes knows that life is hard for everyone. And she knows that she's one of the lucky ones. She loves her life, ordinary as it is. And she loves the extraordinary people in it: her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Joh ...more
a novel that takes place in a hospice where a young mother spends her last days saying farewell to her family, most notably her twelve-year-old daughter, might sound unremittingly bleak, until you take into account that this is an irish novelist, and if any culture has a tradition of confronting death with a defiant laugh and the strength of family rallying together, well…
this is daring and br ...more
Of course , I knew what this book was about and knew from the first page it would be sad but I didn't know how heartbreakingly good it would be . It's not only about dying. This book is about living and about how much people love each other , about a good family and friends who are like family.
I almost immediately felt as if I knew them . McPartlin gets inside their heads and so perfectly conveys their grief and varying abilities to cope with what is happening to Rabbit and with Rabbit trying to ...more
I'll meet you when my chores are through
I don't know how long I'll be
But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see
And between now and then, 'til I see you again
I'll be loving you
-- Love, Me, Colin Raye, Songwriters: Max Troy Barnes / Donald R Ewing
Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes has just turned 40, and her family consists of her parents Jack and Molly, a brother and sister, Davey and Grace, and most importantly, her 12-year-old daughter Jul ...more
or vengeful. She was just sad to leave the people she loved most, especially her
daughter. She had fought for so long, but finally she knew that she couldn't go on."
Rabbit was dying of Cancer.
Marjorie was Rabbit's best friend since they had been kids.
"Marjorie was very well cared for but there was no warmth in her house. Rabbit's world
was so much brighter, grubbier, and real. In Rabbit's house ...more
When Rabbit gives in to her strong pain killers and falls asleep, she dreams of her past. Her brother David, the boy she has loved since she was twelve, Johnny and the band. So it is also a beautiful love ...more
Mia "Rabbit" Hayes' story is told from her own point of view as well as those of her best friend, her twelve-year-old daughter, and family members. The story starts with Rabbit's entry into a hospice facility. In the days that f ...more
The reader knows going in, from the book synopsis, that sadness and death is coming, but there is more than one interesting tale to tell during the last 9 days of Rabbit Hayes' life.
Despite being told with a bit of laughter and a ton of love, this is a tough read, (especially if you've lived it), but has an uplifting end to life I pray to be true....more
It reminded me very much of my family when my father was facing his own battle with cancer.
It's definitely a must read & I'll be recommending it to ...more
Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, wildly funny and emotionally devastating, The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is a superb novel from Anna McPartlin.
Forty year old, single mother Mia 'Rabbit' Hayes has bravely fought the ravages of cancer for four years, but now she and her family are forced to face the truth...she has just days left to live. As Rabbit drifts in and out of consciousness in her hospice bed, recalling the most important moments of her youth, her family and friends struggle to ...more
Update: 5th August 2020
I never ever ever re-read books, but when I saw that Anna McPartlin had written a sequel to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes I knew I had to read it again even though I knew I would cry.
The second time around ...more
Very real and confronting, but also insightful.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for this copy.
Almost reads like a memoir.
Filled to the brim with both sadness and laughter, this story takes us on a journey of a very different kind as we walk in the shoes of Rabbit Hayes after she is diagnosed with Breast Cancer. We see life through her eyes.
Meeting her family and friends along the way, we follow Rabbit's fascinating life journey via her Blog, and learn about her progress from early teens th ...more
For the longest time I walked circles around this book. After all it deals with the last days of a cancer patient. I was worried that it would remind me too much of my own parents struggle with this
I was right….. but I was also wrong.
Yes, there were moments that hit very close to home. Those brought tears to my eyes. But there was also a lot of humor and the celebration of a life lived well, which made me keep on reading.
All the stages of grief are shown in such a ...more
WOW!!! A fantastic read that connects to the very heart and soul of the reader. I am grateful, I am grateful.
For a work of fiction this had the voice of realism and heroism that transcends the subject matter- cancer and dying. And what a fantastic narrative voice – I cried big fat silent tears from the very first to the very last page – don’t get me wrong this is a not a saccharine sweet, over dramatized, over the top, excessively pessimistic story – this is a heart breaking, honest ...more
And than ...more
The Story: Rabbit Hayes is quickly losing the fight with cancer. Originating in her breast, it has now spread to her bones, leaving her completely inc ...more
Heartbreaking...emotional...beautifully written...compelling are just some of the words that could be used to describe The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. Part of me wants to just call it indescribable and a say that everyone should read this book, and whatever I saw I know I can't do this story justice.
Although I didn't cry, there were many many occasions during the story where I found a lump in my throat and was on the verge of tears. A lot of the time they were just one liners, but were so well w ...more
It's almost seven years ago since I read Pack Up The Moon by Anna McPartlin which is her debut novel, but I do remember that I really enjoyed it. I have no idea why I've not read her later books, no idea at all, but I've just checked my (overflowing) bookshelves and found that I have two of her novels on my to-be-read pile. That thrills me because I have been totally engros ...more
Definitely one of those that made me be like 'I want more!.. Of this author!' I would have loved if Anna was able to write again about Rabbit though due to the sensitive nature of the story that's unlikely but still I wish lol :)
This book tells the story of Rabbit Hayes and the lovely person she is, who like us all has laughed, cried, but most of all loved.
Rabbit's story is told throughout her life up to the present day when she has received some devastating news and ...more
In the last ...more