The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes: A Novel

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Mia-"Rabbit"-Hayes knows that life is hard for everyone. And she knows that she's one of the lucky ones. She loves her life, ordinary as it is. And she loves the extraordinary people in it: her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. Rabbit has big ideas, full of music and love and so much life. She has plans for the world. But the world, it turns out, has other plans for Rabbit: a devastating diagnosis.

Rabbit is feisty. And with every ounce of love and strength in her, she promises that she will overcome. She will fight fight fight. She will be with those who love her for as long as she can, and she will live as long as she can with music and love and so much life. And as her friends and family rally round to celebrate Rabbit's last days, they look to her for strength, support, and her unyielding zest for life. Because she is Rabbit Hayes and she will live until she dies.

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ANNA MCPARTLIN is a novelist and scriptwriter. Her previous incarnation as a stand-up comic left and indelible mark. She describes herself as a slave to the joke and fnds humor and humanity in even the darkest situations. Anna lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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St. Martin's Press
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Published on
Aug 4, 2015
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781466862371
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Language
English
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Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Medical
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