Another debut novel which delights as well as casting doubts on one’s own ability to write:) It has been on my TBR pile for quite a while now, as I struggle to keep up with the amazing books being published.
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
A tale of siblings,sister Elly and older brother Joe, a story of growing up, of loyalty and protection, finding confidence to be oneself.Elly has a dark secret in her childhood known only to her brother. In an attempt to help her Joe gets her a pet rabbit (named God) a pet which Elly can confide in and which ultimately helps her to begin to cope with life.
A new best friend, free spirited, exotic, Jenny also gives her a new strength but then Jenny disappears without trace when Elly’s parents move the family to another part of the country.
Joe has his own problems with growing up, struggling to find his own identity and as they age he also leaves Elly. Relocating himself across the Atlantic in New York and making a new life for himself. Communication between brother and sister cease when Joe meets with disaster in the attack on the twin towers.
Despite all this, I did not find this a depressing book, due to the deft touch Sarah Winman brings to the narration. When God was a Rabbit is a story of love, friendship and loyalty. There is forgiveness and understanding, in the end it is a tale of how love and loyalty can win a kind of happiness and redemption.