The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman

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(Cormorant book, 2014) A fiction pick by Jean-Louis

Yesterday in my inbox I read an announcement that Andrew Kaufman has won the 2016 ReLit Award for his novel, The Tiny Wife. This award recognizes the best writing by Canada’s small independent presses. Having read his earlier fantastic book, All My Friends are Superheroes, I knew that this book would also be a fun read–and I was not disappointed.

The premise is unique and surprising: a flamboyantly dressed man walks into a bank and robs a group of people. But he doesn’t rob of them of money, instead he takes from each of them the object  which holds the greatest sentimental value to each of them. For some it is a cheap watch, a skeleton key, a calculator, a copy of Camus’ The Stranger and so on.

As the first line of the novel (okay, more of a novella) says, “The robbery was not without consequences.” Bizarre consequences it turns out–and one woman begins shrinking. But that is all I am going to tell you because you need to discover the book for yourself. Kaufman’s voice is fun and strange and unique. You will find yourself reading this book aloud to whoever is in the room with you–and you will all enjoy the experience.

 

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