The Tiny Wife, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A magical short novel from the author of All My Friends are Superheroes.A robber charges into a bank with a loaded gun, but instead of taking any money he steals an item of sentimental value from each person.

Once he has made his escape, strange things start to happen to the victims.A tattoo comes to life, a husband turns into a snowman, a baby starts to shit money. And Stacey Hinterland discovers that she's shrinking, a little every day, and there is seemingly nothing that she or her husband can do to reverse the process.The Tiny Wife is a weird and wonderful modern fable.

Small, but perfectly formed, it will charm, delight and unnerve in equal measure.


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Andrew Kaufman is one of my favourite authors. He is able to take a concept and explore it in quirky, surreal ways, yet bring us back always to story about everyday people with ordinary issues that we all struggle with.In the Tiny Wife, Mr. Kaufman starts with a robbery that was "not without consequences. The consequences were the point of the robbery." The Thief demands from each of the 13 people in the bank he is robbing the the item they are currently holding which has the greatest sentimental value for them. Not money.And from there, Mr. Kaufman takes us on a journey of tattoos coming to life, spouses turning in snowmen and the narrator's wife who is shrinking daily until she fits in his pocket. And implicitly, he takes us through a journey of love, acceptance and dealing with our past.

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Enjoyed this little book. Definitely 'Different'

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