Rabbit Cake


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$16.95  $15.76
Tin House Books
Publish Date
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Annie Hartnett was the 2013-2014 winner of the Writer in Residence Fellowship for the Associates of the Boston Public Library and has received awards and honors from the Bread Loaf School of English, McSweeney's, and Indiana Review. Hartnett received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Alabama, an MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and currently teaches at Grub Street, an independent writing center in Boston. She lives with her husband and their beloved Border Collie in Providence, Rhode Island.


In Hartnett's winning debut, a memorable young narrator's desire for rationality wrestles with her grief. . . . Affecting.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
[A] treasure. Books about grief are rarely funny and adorable--this one is.--People Magazine
12-year-old Elvis is a captivating character and the fantastically absorbing narrator of this stunning debut novel.--Read It Forward
What makes this book shine is that [Elvis] is both completely believable as a child [and] a compelling narrator. The reader feels her grief, her curious hunger for the world, and also her disbelief that a world so abundant in wonder could take her mother away.--Book Riot, Best Books of 2017
A brilliant book . . . How a whip-smart young girl handles the loss of her mother and the reorientation of her family; charming and beautifully written.--Kirkus, Starred Review
Darkly funny and soulful . . . Hartnett imbues Elvis with that capacity to be both self-aware and childlike that places her in a tradition of independent minded, motherless heroines -- from Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, to the eponymous Ellen Foster, and Ruth from Housekeeping. . . . Rabbit Cake is Elvis's unpredictable story of healing, and the young woman at its center is immediately lovable because she is delightfully human.--The Boston Globe
Irresistible...[the book is] both gentle exploration of loss (Elvis's mother, in the opening pages, has drowned) and quirkily funny coming-of-age tale, marking its Rhode Island-based author as a talent to watch.--The Seattle Times
Readers will laugh and cry in turn at this touching novel about a little girl with a big heart.--Bookish, Best Books of Spring
Darkly funny and endlessly smart, Rabbit Cake chases down the quivering heart of familial loss and reminds us there is no right way to grieve. There's only showing up for it, and showing up for each other.--Ploughshares, "Must-Reads for 2017"
Fun emanates from virtually every element of [Rabbit Cake's] craft--its particular narratorial voice, crackling dialogue, vibrant cast of characters, vivid and unexpected imagery, absurdist moments, and plot that bounces along like its titular animal but still finds room for quiet contemplation.--Redivider
Rabbit Cakeis a cause for celebration.--Amanda Ibarra, Flyleaf Books
Rabbit Cake bursts with life, at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. Annie has written rich characters who walk off the page, bending, changing, and growing as time moves them past the tragedy of their mother's death. We get to see the world through a wholly individual little girl named Elvis only the way a child can see the world--innocent, fresh and open. The strangeness of this story (think rabbit shaped cake obsessions and Jesus statues made out of sea shells) rings so true because of Annie's grasp of the complicated balance of what makes characters human. The pages turn themselves, and what a delight it was to keep up. Wonderful!--Courtney Flynn, Trident
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett is a bookseller's dream of a novel--a smart, funny, thrilling ride alongside uniquely-drawn characters through a landscape at once familiar and refreshingly new. This is a gorgeous debut novel, bursting with empathy and spectacular talent, that I will happily press into the hands of customers. Like any fan of Ann Patchett will tell you, booksellers do it best, and Annie Hartnett, once a bookseller, always a bookseller, is further evidence of that.--Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books
Rabbit Cake is a stunning debut of what will surely be a long and lustrous career for author Annie Hartnett.--Rachel Kaplan, Avid Bookshop
...funny, smart, surprising, heartbreaking...--Susan Hans O'Connor, Penguin Bookshop
Hartnett tells the story with immeasurable heart, wit, and charm. The book's got perfect pitch from open to close.--The Chicago Review of Books, Best Books of the Year