On the surface, Annie Hartnett's Rabbit Cake has all of the elements that make me shun a novel: child narrator, dead mother, falling-apart family, a character struggling with mental illness. But Hartnett deftly weaves those elements into a novel full of emotional depth, sly and quirky humor, and chacaters who defy and rise above type. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Recommended by Billie— From Staff Recommendations
“When Eva Rose Babbitt, mother of daughters Lizzie, 15, and Elvis, 10, drowns while sleep-swimming, her daughters are left to fend for themselves emotionally while their father tends to his grief by wearing his wife's bathrobe and lipstick. Elvis stays up at night, trying to keep Lizzie, a sleepwalker and sleep-eater, from burning the house down with her nocturnal 'cooking'. But Elvis doesn't trust the circumstances of her mother's death and is determined to finish her mother's book, The Sleep Habits in Animals and What They Tell Us About Our Own Slumber, so she does a little research of her own. Annie Hartnett has created endearing and memorable characters in a delightfully original story that is sure to become a beloved favorite of readers everywhere.”
— Kris Kleindienst (E), Left Bank Books, Saint Louis, MO