When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So quirky, touching and a great read
I bought this book a little while ago and have no idea why. Probably, because I think rabbits are cute and if they are called "God" it must be a fascinating story.
And I was certainly not disappointed. "When God was a Rabbit" entangles us into the life if Elly, her brother Joe, her friend and her family.
We meet her rabbit which is called God but also her neighbour Mr Golan whom she liked until he did things he should not have done. Her new Friend Jenny Penny has similar experience but Elly won't learn about it until much later.
Both are outsiders and rather frowned upon in school but as they have each other it doesn't matter. Until Elly moves with her parents to Cornwall and Jenny and her mother have to escape a violent ex-boyfriend.
They lose contact as Jenny was not allowed to for safety reasons. But again Elly doesn't learn about it until much later.
This is only part of the fascinating labyrinth of this story which leads you from the seventies up to 9/11 in which her brother is gets missing but not for the obvious reasons.
We meet many quirky characters like Arthur who home schools Elly after their move and her aunt Nancy a gay actress. Or is she?
This book is a tapestry of life in all its glory and pain. Easily told from Elly's point of view you just fall into the story and can't let it go by cause you just need to know what happens on the next page.
A warning though. If you are affected by abuse or by 9/11 this book might cause you flashbacks or other trouble.
This was one of the best reads in a left fe time.
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