The Tiny Wife – Andrew Kaufman

The Tiny Wife

ISBN: 978-0-00-742925-7
Size: 111x178mm
Format: Hardback
Imprint: The Friday Project
Division: HarperPress

My Rating – 4 stars

The Tiny Wife is a thing of beauty, 80 pages of carefully wrought words enhanced by sharp, silhouette illustrations.  Not a single word is wasted in this contemporary fable with echoes of Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm and even a little pinch of Italo Calvino.

Our story opens in contemporary Toronto where a thief carries out a bank robbery with a difference – he asks each customer for the object which is of most sentimental value  to them.  It transpires that they have also handed over part of their soul and each victim experiences rather unpleasant side-effects.  The narrator’s wife, Stacey, starts shrinking with the worry that she will disappear forever, one woman’s husband turns into a snowman, a lion tattoo on a woman’s ankle comes to life, another woman turns into candy.

Somehow, these characters who seem to have stepped straight out of a travelling sideshow or Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected, retain a whimsical, magical air which lifts them out of the truly macabre.   Each reader will take something different from this box of delights, even a moral lesson not to take others for granted if you wish to be educated!  A quirky, idiosyncratic read for those who like a little touch of magic in their everyday lives.

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5 Comments

  1. stujallen says:

    I read his superhero novella his books are very quirky this seems in the same vein ,all the best stu

  2. admin says:

    That’s another one I need to read, Stu!

  3. Ellie says:

    Oh I hadn’t seen the trailer before, love how the illustrations come to life. This is definitely on my keeper shelf.

  4. admin says:

    It is lovely, isn’t it, Ellie. My copy was kindle but I’d certainly like to have the real book to fully appreciate the gorgeous illustrations.

  5. Nikki-ann says:

    I absolutely love this cover and I have a feeling I’d enjoy the book too :)

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