When God Was a Rabbit: A Novel

Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, 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 growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.

Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too, When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.

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About the author

Sarah Winman is an actress who attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and has gone on to act in theater, film, and television. When God was a Rabbit is her debut novel. She lives in London.
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Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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May 10, 2011
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
Vapaalla oleva sairaanhoitaja auttoi minut maailmaan vanhempieni makuuhuoneessa arpajaisissa voitetun untuvapeitteen päällä. Nopean kahdenkymmenenkahden minuutin synnytyksen jälkeen pääni tuli näkyviin ja hoitaja käski ponnistamaan ja isäni käski ponnistamaan, ja niinpä äitini ponnisti ja minä pullahdin kevyesti tuohon tarunhohtoiseen vuoteen. Kun Pariisin kadut vallattiin. Kun Vietnamissa tehtiin Tet-hyökkäys. Kun Martin Luther King kuoli unelmansa puolesta.

Veli ja sisko.

Tarina lapsuudesta ja varttumisesta, ystävyydestä ja perheestä, rakkaudesta ja tragediasta ja kaikesta siltä väliltä.

Tarina uusista aluista.

"Ennakkoaavistus huikeasta kirjasta osoittautui oikeaksi. Se tunne, kun tietää rakastavansa kirjaa ennen kuin on lukenut ensimmäistä sivua loppuun oli vahva ja kesti viimeiseen sivuun asti."

villasukkakirjahyllyssa.blogspot.fi 14.10.2012

"Kani nimeltä jumala oli ilmestyessään kotimaassaan kirjallinen tapaus. Ei ihme, sillä Winman tavoittaa täydellisesti lapsen tavan hahmottaa maailmaa. Romaanin viehätys on autenttisessa lapsuuskuvauksessa"

Martta Kaukonen, Ilona 2012/42

"Takakansi houkutti lukemaan koko kirjan. Ja hyvä, että houkutti. Winmanilla on miellyttävä tapa kertoa tarinaansa. Kaikkea ei selitetä puhki, vaan lukijalle jätetään tilaa oivaltaa ja ymmärtää. Kani nimeltä jumala on kirja, johon voisi tarttua sellainenkin, joka ei yleensä kovin paljon kirjoja lue."

Jaana Vieno, Länsi Suomi 3.11.2012

"Kirja on kantaaottava, mutta ei lainkaan raskas, vaikka siinä kamalia asioita tapahtuukin. Pikemminkin se herättää toivoa ja uskoa siihen, että huominen tulee kyllä. Se on myös ylistyslaulu ystävyydelle ja uusille mahdollisuuksille. Siinä on kerrassaan hurmaavat henkilöhahmot ja kiinnostava juoni. Tätä mieleenpainuvaa kirjaa on helppo suositella itseasiassa lähes minkälaiselle lukijalle tahansa."

Tuulia, lukutuulia.blogspot.fi 8.10.2012
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