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When God Was a Rabbit review | Books | EW.com

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IT'S KIND OF A BUNNY STORY Sarah Winman's debut novel

When God Was a Rabbit

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Sarah Winman
publisher:
Bloomsbury
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Don’t be fooled by When God Was a Rabbit, the existential-sounding title of Winman’s debut novel. Her protagonist, Elly (whom we’re introduced to as a child growing up in late-1960s England), simply has a pet rabbit named God. God the rabbit is a bit magical — he’s able to speak with Elly — but that’s par for the course in this eccentric coming-of-age story. Winman’s prose is elegantly restrained as she sketches Elly’s family life, touching lightly upon both good and bad moments. It’s these little moments — some small, one monumental — that are the most affecting and poignant. B+

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