Friday 56 // Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Friday 56-5This book meme is hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

The Rules 

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
  • Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
  • Post it.
  • Add your (URL) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post URL, not your blog URL.

This week’s excerpt is from Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett.

I warned them both in advance not to embarrass me in front of my colleagues.  Dad laughed when I said that, but Lizzie crossed-her-heart-and-hoped-to-die that she wouldn’t. It was one of her good-sister moments.

About the Book

Rabbit Cake by Annie HartnettElvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother’s silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother’s death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett is now available from Tin House Books. You can purchase a copy from Book DepositoryAmazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local independent bookseller

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That’s it for this edition of Friday 56! What do you think of this quote? Would you keep reading?  

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

18 thoughts on “Friday 56 // Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

  1. I always knew better than to warn my dad not to embarrass me because he’d likely do it on purpose then if I did! Haha I like the sound of this one. It sounds like a good mix of humor and sadness, especially given the subject matter. I hope you are enjoying it! Thank you for sharing, and have a great weekend!


    1. It’s a great book! I can’t say enough about it. And I love the chemistry between the characters, especially the family as a whole. They’re a little dysfunctional but you can tell there’s a lot of love there.


    1. There were tears but there was also a lot of laughter. One of my favorite parts is when Elvis actually gets a statue her mother ordered made out of taxidermied fish, and she’s trying to figure out what to do with this odd and kinda creepy statue!

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