Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett


“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 Reviews

“In Hartnett’s winning debut, a memorable young narrator’s desire for rationality wrestles with her grief."Publisher's Weekly

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Tin House, 3/7


Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest-living rodent. She also knows she plans to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house.

Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people—and animals—of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.


About the Author




Annie Hartnett is the author of Rabbit Cake, out March 2017 with Tin House Books. She was the 2013-2014 Writer in Residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and currently teaches at Grub Street, an independent writing center in Boston. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and border collie.






RABBIT CAKE

by Annie Hartnett

*An Indies Introduce and Indie Next Pick*

“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

RABBIT CAKE

March 2017 · ISBN 978-1-941040-56-0 · $15.95

PRAISE FOR

RABBIT CAKE

“A brilliant book about a child grieving the loss of a mother. This is the moving and often funny story of a

family trying to figure out what to do next now that their touchstone is gone. The narrator’s voice is a stunning

combination of youthful and astute. 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

“In Hartnett’s winning debut, a memorable young narrator’s desire for rationality wrestles with her grief.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A truly terrific and original novel about grief, family, and finding hope in the aftermath.”

—Booklist

“For your canon-coming-of-age-novel consideration: Meet Elvis Babbitt. A preteen whose mother recently drowned,

Elvis is trying to understand the world around her. Funny and heartfelt, Rabbit Cake manages adult questions with a

tween’s sense of wonder.”

—Marie Claire

“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

“Annie Hartnett’s Rabbit Cake is fantastically original, a story about loss that expands in such exciting, unpredictable

ways that I found myself completely won over by the unique Babbitt clan. Hartnett has such a gift for absurdity

without ever losing the essential heart of the story. With this novel, she’s become one of my favorite writers.”

—KEVIN WILSON, author of The Family Fang

“Hartnett has written a quirky, slightly magical coming of-age story that will have your heart. Rabbit Cake is an

engaging read and Hartnett is a writer to watch.”

—HEIDI W. DURROW, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

“Heartbreak and dark comedy fuse together in this endearing story of family dysfunction and loss. I cheered for

young Elvis Babbitt and the entire cast of quirky characters as they stumbled along a twisted path toward healing.”

—BETH HOFFMAN, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt