About the Book:
This is a book about a brother and a sister. It’s a book about best friends, the secrets forged in childhood, and starting over; about 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 the pull and power of a fabulous but flawed family and the ordinary and extraordinary events that shape their everyday lives. Beginning in 1968 and spanning four decades, from Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, When God Was a Rabbit follows the bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother, Joe—and the increasing concern Elly feels for her spirited best friend, her soul mate, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and sparkle, its engaging, sometimes dark portrayal of eccentricity, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and the unbreakable bond of fraternal love.
Funny, poignant, joyous, and utterly compelling, When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable literary career from an extraordinary new voice in fiction.
Sarah Winman is an actress who attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and has gone on to act in theater, film, and on television. When God was a Rabbit is her debut novel. She lives in London.