|Pages/Publication Date:||363 / 2014|
Mia "Rabbit" Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it: her unruly family, her spirited daughter Juliet, and the only man in her heart, Johnny Faye. Rabbit has big plans for a life full of music and love and joy—although life has other plans for her, as she learns after a grim diagnosis. But Rabbit is feisty, and she will fight to be with those who love her for as long as she can. And as her friends and family rally to celebrate Rabbit's last days, they still look to her for strength, support, and a zest for life, because she is Rabbit Hayes, and she will live until she dies. Irish novelist and former stand-up comedian Anna McPartlin gives us "a powerful catharsis ... by turns laugh-out-loud funny and weep-into-your-hanky heartbreaking" (Kirkus Reviews).
"What a beautiful book. I started crying on page one, crying and smiling my way through to the end. I found it to be searingly, sweetly painful. I gave up seven months to take care of my best friend, and this book brought back all the grief and laughter of those final days. I hadn't been able to dwell on those thoughts for a very long time, had instead tried to replace them with what my friend was like 'before' her diagnosis, but this book allowed me to revisit those days, remember that amidst our collective grief there was also levity, and so very much love."—Jane Green
"McPartlin very effectively captures a family during a traumatic moment. The novel is kept light with a measure of dry humor and many beautiful instances of love, leaving a lighter impression than one might expect."—Publishers Weekly