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338 pages, Kindle Edition
First published March 7, 2017
"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, darkly humorous, a bit shocking, but real. Told from the perspective of a 10-year-old who has learned her mother has died, she doesn't quite react how you'd think a child should. But that's the thing about grief isn't it? There are no shoulds - everyone processes it and copes differently. Annie Hartnett's debut novel: Rabbit Cake shows this fact perfectly with a complexity that surprises. I so enjoyed this book. It's a short and easy read, and as I have already noted, the black comedy keeps it lighter than this topic would feel otherwise. The audiobook experience was excellent, and the writing style had me envisioning an effortless adaptation to indie film. Check it out!
...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.