Rabbit Cake (audiobook)

Read by Katie Schorr
7.1 hrs • 6 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/07/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/07/17 9781441736888
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 03/07/17 9781441737021
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Nominee for the New England Book Award

Chicago Review of Books Pick of Best of the Year So Far

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

People Pick of the Week

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

An Indie Next List Pick for March 2017

A School Library Journal Top Pick of Adult Books for Teens

Fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette and and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You will delight in Annie Hartnett’s debut, Rabbit Cake, a darkly comic novel about a young girl named Elvis trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.

Twelve-year-old Elvis 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 loss.

Review Quotes

“Narrator Katie Shore’s youthful voice perfectly portrays Elvis Babbitt…Shore creates a tone of innocence and authenticity. She highlights Elvis’ humor and honesty by using emphasis and a clear timbre. When expressing Elvis’ feelings about her mother’s death, Shore’s words are soft-spoken and childlike… This is a story about family, overcoming loss, and keeping your sense of humor through it all.”


“[A] treasure. Books about grief are rarely funny and adorable―this one is.”

People magazine

“Funny and heartfelt, Rabbit Cake manages adult questions with a tween’s sense of wonder.”

Marie Claire

“Irresistible…[a] quirkily funny coming-of-age tale.”

Seattle Times

“Darkly funny and soulful…Rabbit Cake is Elvis’s unpredictable story of healing, and the young woman at its center is immediately lovable because she is delightfully human.”

Boston Globe

“Darkly funny and endlessly smart, Rabbit Cake chases down the quivering heart of familial loss and reminds us there is no right way to grieve.”

Ploughshares (A Must-Read selection for 2017)

“Brilliant…The moving and often funny story of a family trying to figure out what to do next now that their touchstone is gone…Charming and beautifully written.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Elvis is on my shortlist for the most charming narrator ever and the spunk and depth of her voice make her immediately lovable and memorable. But so, too, are her father, his bird, her older sister, the older sister’s friend who comes to live with them, and Boomer the border collie who didn’t just make the shortlist for best fictive dog ever but is walking away in the sash and tiara right now.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hartnett adeptly conveys a full picture of this family’s emotional turmoil, tinged with the sincere hope of a child and the rising anxiety of an adolescent.”

School Library Journal

“A truly terrific and original novel about grief, family, and finding hope in the aftermath.”


“Fantastically original, a story about loss that expands in such exciting, unpredictable ways that I found myself completely won over by the unique Babbitt clan. Hartnett has such a gift for absurdity without ever losing the essential heart of the story. With this novel, she’s become one of my favorite writers.”

Kevin Wilson, author of Perfect Little World

“Heartbreak and dark comedy fuse together in this endearing story of family dysfunction and loss.”

Beth Hoffman, author of Looking for Me

“A quirky, slightly magical coming-of-age story that will have your heart.”

Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky