Author : Andrew Kaufman
Publisher : Friday Project
Genre : Magical Realism
Summary : A flamboyantly dressed man enters a bank and proceeds to commit a most curious robbery. Rather than demanding money or jewelry, he asks each of his thirteen victims to surrender that which they hold most valuable: a calculator, a cheap watch, photographs of children, a copy of The Stranger, and so on. The lives of the robbery victims then begin to come apart in otherworldly yet strangely fitting ways, forcing them to discover and claim that which is truly valuable to them before it’s too late. The Tiny Wife, the latest work of contemporary wonder from bestselling and award-nominated author Andrew Kaufman, is an imaginative and inspiring display of pure storytelling.
Thoughts : This book is like a dream come true. Not those dreams about becoming rich or getting those flat abs. This is like that dream where a clown is dancing in your shower and your aunt is now superman and where your sandwich doesn’t like it when you put mayo on it. It’s a dream that doesn’t make sense, but in a wonderful way.
What is great about this book is that it isn’t drawn out. It isn’t talking about everyone’s feelings in depth and in distracting detail. There are some authors who do that and there are some that don’t and Andrew Kaufman doesn’t do it but in a well executed, sharp and clear way. The Tiny Wife made me think about the consequences of situations in my life. What would happen if I got a tattoo and it came to life? I’m planning on getting an elephant so henceforth e-banking is the way to go! I couldn’t imagine if an elephant came to life and tried to stomp me out of existence.
Another thing that deserves mention. The Illustrations. Silhouette illustrations in black that add greatly to the magic of this book. Which I believe are done by Tom Percival but I can’t find any info online. It is great and the cover is brilliant and eye catching and very simple for a book that is so bizarre.
The best part of this, for me though, was the ending. It ended in a way that authors wouldn’t dare to end it. It didn’t waste time talking about how people rebuilt their lives. It has that very “and they lived happily ever after” vibe but in a grown up fashion. I will be reading more of the author’s books and All My Friends Are Superheroes is first on my list.