When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
Synopsis (from bn.com): This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.
In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence-a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.
Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too, When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.
Thoughts so far: Ok, so I've been a bad blogger lately... we know this. My reading is sl.o.w.l.y picking up but I have not yet read a lot nor did I finish this book. That being said, I'm about halfway through and I am truly loving this book! I don't know what else happens, but I'm thinking it's going to be up there with one of my favorites this year. It's a coming-of-age book. It's one of those that's told from the child's perspective, yet the writing is still so sophisticated and astute. It's subtle, too, so we learn things about the main character, Elly, in unexpected ways. Also loving so far the sibling relationship (similar to Francie Nolan and Neely in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which this book sort of reminds me of). At the point of the book that I'm in, the characters are still children but from what I understand the story follows them through adulthood. That being said, Elly (and her friend Jenny Penny!) will probably be characters that stay with me just like the aforementioned Francie, Christy from The Outside Boy, and Oskar from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, just to name a few! I'm super excited to finish reading this book. It's not a difficult read at all, and if I were in my normal reading state I would have finished this in a day or two because it's one of those that every time a finish a chapter (well, really in this book it's just sections) I want to keep reading. Please stay tuned for the full review!!