A magical short novel from the author of All My Friends are Superheroes. A robber holds up a Canadian bank but instead of stealing money he takes from each person the item of most sentimental value. As time passes the loss of these items have a dramatic effect on the victims: one discovers God under her sofa, another is attacked by her lion tattoo when it comes to life, and the wife of our narrator starts to shrink. It is a remarkable short novella, a modern fable that is weird, uplifting and romantic all at the same time.(Amazon)
From the intriguing opening lines, I fell hook line and sinker for Andrew Kaufman’s The Tiny Wife.
The robbery was not without consequences. The consequences were the point of the robbery. It was never about money. The thief didn’t even ask for any. That it happened in a bank was incidental. It could have just as easily happened in a train station or a high school or the Musee d’Orsay.
At less than 80 pages, The Tiny Wife novella is written in a deceptively simple and whimsical narrative. It is even illustrated.
Andrew Kaufman’s The Tiny Wife is brimming over with such wonderful sentiment and metaphorical meaning that I read it twice in the same sitting.
Now that is really saying something for this work because I never read a book twice. The story contains all my favourite literary elements. It was quirky enough to surprise me, conveyed a message serious enough to leave a lasting impression on me, and it oozed such an intelligence in it’s crafting that I felt genuine admiration for the author’s talent.
I now know what I will be giving many of my friends, male and female, for Christmas this year – I think this is an absolute must read, a gift in every sense of the word.
BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5
Genre: Short Story, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi-Fantasy, Literature
Author Information: A Canadian writer, film director, and radio producer – check out Andrew Kaufman’s personal website.
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