Happy Monday Savvy Readers! If you like your fiction and non-fiction to overlap, then you’ll love this week’s featured read: Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys.
Based on a true story, this page-turning novel by a masterful stylist examines the frailty and resilience of the human mind. With a page count of 240, engaging characters and a gripping plot, you’ll be able to devour this one in one sitting. The story follows a lonely boy in a prairie town who befriends a tramp in 1947 and then witnesses a shocking murder.
In Canwood, Saskatchewan, 1947, Leonard Flint, a lonely boy in a small farming town befriends the local tramp, a man known as Rabbit Foot Bill. Bill doesn’t talk much, but he allows Leonard to accompany him as he sets rabbit snares and to visit his small, secluded dwelling. Being with Bill is everything to young Leonard—an escape from school, bullies and a hard father. So, his shock is absolute when he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison.
Fifteen years on, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard arrives at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, both excited and intimidated by the massive institution known for its experimental LSD trials. To Leonard’s great surprise, at the Weyburn he is reunited with Bill and soon becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947.
For an extra thrill, listen to the audiobook because the writing is so beautiful and engaging, it will really feel like someone is personally telling you a story.
Tell me, Savvy Readers, does this sound like something you’d like to read?! Comment below or tweet us @SavvyReader to let us know if you’ll be picking this one up, and don’t forget to add Rabbit Foot Bill to your My Book Pledge shelf!