Book of the Week
An Indies Introduce and Indie Next Pick
Fans of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette and and Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You 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.
Elvis is one of those child na ...more
Elvis Babbitt shares a birthday with the King of Rock ‘n' Roll, which is why her mother insisted they name their second daughter Elvis. On her tenth birthday, her Mom burned the rabbit cake, and warns Elvis that this might be an unpleasant year for her. Rabbits are an omen of good luck, and her mother liked to celebrate new beginnings with a bit of good luck – but a burnt rabbit…that might not be so lucky. Omens and belief in such things as spiritual rebirth and psychics migh ...more
"That was what her rabbit cakes were about, celebrating every small good thing in your life. I know most families don't celebrate every new moon or every solstice and equinox, but maybe they should. You never know when someone you love will shoot themselves in the middle of their own birthday party, or be found dead in another state, caught in a river dam, so everyone might as well have their cake right now."This quote is a prime example of this book's tone: emotional, honest, darkl ...more
“We’re all different combinations of crazy.”
A book hangover, that is. It appears a handful of my friends read Rabbit Cake this past Spring, but GR must have been glitchy (or maybe I was sleep-scrolling then) because I don’t remember hearing anything about it until just last week when my real-life friend (hard to believe, but yes I do have like two of them) said she thought it might be right up my alley. If you’re reading this, ...more
I listened to this slim book start to finish on a long car drive and loved it. How can you resist a book that opens with this sentence:
“On my tenth birthday, six months before she sleepwalked into the river, Mom burned the rabbit cake.”
The narrator is Elvis Babbitt, a ten-year-old girl who has just lost her mother, Eva. I fell completely in love with her. She’s quirky and lovable, wise, yet naïve. Her weird and quirky family attempt to navigate the world and find their new normal after their mo ...more
What an incredible debut! I’m attached to the little girl named Elvis, her passion for animals, and love for her sister. It’s quirky, relatable, and emotional just like real life. This had everything I look for and more, including a striking cover. Yellow, of course, being the happiest color. 💛
Can’t wait to see what Hartnett does next!
The Babbitt family is grieving over the recent drowning death of the mom who was known to regularly sleep-walk and sleep-swim. Her sleep-swimming has occurred so often that each night before bed, she and her husband put on swimsuits so she won't be seen naked swimming across the river and he can be ready to hop in to save her if need be.
...I'd figured out by now that death never makes sense, no matter how someone dies: murder, accident, old age, cancer, suicide, you're never ready to lose someone you love.
A charming, quirky book about a family dealing with grief. I loved that all the characters were allowed to just be themselves, warts and all. Elvis is probably one of the most genuine ten year old narrators I've come across in a long time - I enjoyed her scientific outlook on life, as well as all the animal factoids shared thr ...more
Elvis has a strong voice as she tells the tale of what happens to her quirky and enigmatic family in the eighteen months after her mother's death. You are compelled to keep reading as you really just want this lovable girl to come out the other side of all th ...more
Elvis's family is in turmoil. Her mother has died. Her dad is wearing his wife's bathrobe and her makeup and has adopted a pet parrot from the pet store who talks in wife's voice. Her sister Lizzie is sleepwalking and m ...more
I tried very hard to finish this novel. Published by Tin House Books, "Rabbit Cake" follows the story of Elvis Babbitt, an eleven/twelve-year-old girl whose mother has recently drowned.
There is no plot, other than following Elvis and her family for a year and a half after the unexpected death of their matriarch. Everyone around Elvis struggles with grief in frustrating ways that are meant to seem humorous. This book was one of the most tiresome episodes in Nothing Happens ...more
That quote is a great representation of the tone of this story. To say I absolutely ador ...more