The year Paris takes to the streets. The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream. The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born. When God Was a Rabbit is a sequence of snapshots and moments that spans over four decades. Eleanor, now known as Elly, and her family travel from one side of the country to the other; from suburban Essex to Cornwell.
It is a tale of secrets and peculiarities that a normal family wouldn’t go through. Elly doesn’t have the easiest of childhoods and that makes adulthood slightly problematic. Her brother shoulders her secret and plays the perfect big brother; because of that she is braver and stronger than she knows. Her brother moves to New York so Elly spends a lot of time there. Her childhood best friend is in prison and she had an article that documents their letters to one another.
It’s told with simplicity and love. Every sentence was a small work of art and every word served a purpose. Not a single character felt wasted and this book was full of characters all of which served a purposed. They brought out different sides to Elly. Elly is a little lost soul without much direction in her life. She bathes in the eccentricity that sounds her. My parents run a bed and breakfast which seamlessly turned into a rescue home for strange people. Her whole family, blood and otherwise, are charming and content. It was a pleasure to share their joy and heartbreak.
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