White Rabbit

White Rabbit

by Kate Phillips


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White Rabbit by Kate Phillips

Meet Ruth Caster Hubble. Feisty, cantankerous, and irreverent, she is an old woman struggling to maintain order in a harebrained modern world, and today is the last day of her life.

White Rabbitfollows Ruth's progress minute by minute on this fateful day as she copes with the breakdown of her household appliances, her own vital organs, and her faith in romantic love. While Ruth meanders her way through the day's routine, heartbreaking memories surface that open windows into her past. She thinks of Hale, her beloved first husband, who died in 1944; and hopeless Henry, her steadfast husband of 36 years, whom she calls, with a mixture of affection and contempt, a "boob." As the hours tick by, Ruth starts seeing things. A furry white bunny keeps hiphopping across her field of vision, announcing "Time," and Ruth has to wonder if hers is up.

Written with an understated elegance, warmth, and surprising depth,White Rabbitheralds the arrival of a writer of formidable talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060977191
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Kate Phillips graduated from Dartmouth in 1988 and is presently a Ph.D. candidate in the American Civilization program at Harvard.

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White Rabbit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sofispa More than 1 year ago
One of those books that requires reading right to the subtle end. It is amazing that Kate Phillips, so young, knows so well the inexorable decline and decrepiture of old age. And never, does the author allow her protagonist to lapse into self-pity. Ruth, seemingly insensitive, cranky and obstinate, not particularlly likable, is finally, in the last few pages, understandable. Someone must have given me "White Rabbit" some years ago, I've seen it around in my book cases,but never bothered to read it. I wonder if I need to give it back? Since I am 81 myself, it is typical that I cannot remember. A book over which "older readers", (is there such a catagory?) can wryly laugh and shed a tear or two. A treat! I wish I had read it sooner!