If there was one book that set our office abuzz this fall, it had to be When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman. I was halfway through the book when it dawned on me that it was really something special. Family, friendship (Jenny Penny will break your heart), relationships of all shapes and sizes are examined and flushed out and made vulnerable before she patches them up to give the reader a renewed sense of hope. The book examines many tragedies (heartbreak, loss of innocence, death, estrangement) all with an eccentric twist that captivates and keeps you reading. Winman writes with a simple elegance, a light hand that never feels contrived. I admittedly shed a few tears, but had just as many laughs (out loud - she is funny) and cannot wait for this debut author to come out with another.
If you're looking for a book to give your mom, best friend, or favourite colleague this holiday season, let it be When God Was a Rabbit. And if you have a spare moment, leave us a comment below, or like our post on Facebook to win your very own signed copy.
Click HERE for an intimate interview with Manda's Chris Hickey in discussion with the author, Sarah Winman.
When God Was a Rabbit, by Sarah Winman / $24.99, ISBN: 9780755379293 / Hachette Book Group