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The Tiny Wife [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Kaufman
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A remarkable short novella, a modern fable that is weird, uplifting and romantic all at the same time.

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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'Clever. Brilliant. Funny. Moving.' CECILIA AHERN

‘It blew me away!’ MARIE PHILLIPS, author of GODS BEHAVING BADLY

‘A little book with a big impact’ THE LADY

About the Author

Andrew Kaufman was born in Wingham, Ontario. His first novel, All My Friends Are Superheroes, was a cult hit. He is also the author of The Waterproof Bible, The Tiny Wife and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence. Kaufman is also a film-maker and radio producer. He, for now, lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1336 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007429258
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E88758
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical and macabre 7 Nov. 2011
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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"The robbery was not without consequences. The consequences were the point of the robbery."

When a man in a purple hat walks into the bank with a loaded gun, it's not money he's after but an item of sentimental value from each victim. In the days following this odd robbery, weird things start happening. A tattoo comes alive, a woman discovers she's made of candy and our narrator's wife starts slowly shrinking.

The Tiny Wife is a tiny book, really more of a novella but it's a wonderful, surreal little fable. It manages to be both whimsical and macabre at the same time with an underlying message about taking your life for granted. Not only that, but it's illustrated too, in a shadow puppet style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tiny classic 6 Sept. 2011
During a bank robbery the thief asks those present to hand over their most precious possession, and in return he takes a portion of their soul. In the pages that follow those involved find their lives take a bizarre turn: a woman finds her husband has become a snowman; a baby defecates money; a tattoo of a lion comes to life and pursues its owner; and the "tiny wife" of the title is a woman who starts to shrink, gradually at first, then in bigger steps. Will she eventually disappear?

This wonderful book is undeniably short - 88 pages in a small, "Ladybird" book-sized hardback with simple but effective line drawings - and could easily be read in an hour or so, but you'll want to savour the brilliantly surreal story. Filled with moments of hilarity and incredible sadness this tiny book is an absolute gem, and for me is up there with Kaufman's classic debut "All My Friends Are Superheroes". Granted, the whole shrinking idea has been done before in the likes of "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and a book I remember as a child ("The Vanishment of Thomas Tull" - would love to read that one again!) but the bizarre plot in this book is entirely unique, as is Kaufman's priceless sense of humour and the emotion he wrings from such a short tale.

My favourite book of 2011 so far, and unreservedly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Novella 17 April 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Small book, big impact 23 Oct. 2013
I have been a huge fan of Andrew Kaufman since the very first book I picked up for him "The Waterproof Bible". Since then, I've been on a constant hunt for his books, every bookstore I enter, I go straight to the K section hoping to find his name. Unfortunately, his books don't seem to be very popular over here. I found All My Friends are Superheroes at a book fair, and I devoured that in one sitting, until a few months ago anyway when I found both The Tiny Wife and Born Weird in one of the bookstores I frequent. I rushed to buy them without even reading the synopsis.

Given its size - which fits the title very well - I decided to start with The Tiny Wife first, another of his books that I devoured in one sitting. Kaufman has a knack for writing magical realism novels, and I do love a little bit of magic in my books.

The tale begins with a bank robbery, unlike any robbery you'll ever hear about. This one involves a flamboyantly dressed thief, wearing a purple-feathered hat, who walks in demanding not money but the most sentimental, precious object from all those present during the robbery. After he receives what he wants, he informs them all that he has just taken 51% of their souls, and they must fight to get it back, or else they will die. Those involved begin to experience the most bizarre happenings, some worse than others. A woman finds her husband has turned into a snowman, and he melts into nothingness, a woman's tattoo of a lion comes to life chasing her for days, a baby literally excretes money, and a wife with a husband and child, who has given her calculator to the thief as her most prized possession, begins to shrink in precise increments.

Her husband is the narrator of this wonderfully told, 88 page, novella.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in tiny packages 7 Jan. 2013
By Marie
The Tiny Wife begins in a dramatic fashion as a thief in a purple hat bursts into a busy Toronto bank brandishing a loaded gun. But it soon becomes apparent that this is no ordinary stick-up. The stranger demands that each of the bank's customers gives him the object in their possession that holds the most sentimental value. Confused, they comply with his demands and part with the trinkets that they hold dear; a cheap watch, a well-used calculator. But along with these knick-knacks each victim loses a part of their own soul, which triggers all manner of bizarre and surreal events across the city.

The consequences of this singular encounter affect the victims in a multitude of different ways and I am loath to give too much away as after all, the book is only 88 pages long. Suffice it to say some find their lives are changed for the better, such as the man who finds that his little baby begins to fill its nappy with cash. But others, like Stacey Hinterland, are thrown into a world of uncertainty. Stacey discovers that she is shrinking, imperceptibly at first, and later at an alarming rate. Her relationship with her husband becomes more strained than ever and her toddler son threatens to engulf her. How is she to find her soul again before she disappears for good?

Part modern fairy tale, part magical realism, I enjoyed this little fable and lost myself in the quirky tales of how the different characters were affected by the robbery. It is immensely imaginative and thoroughly charming. However as I came to the end I had a niggling feeling that something of the moral of the story had passed me by. Who is this flamboyant stranger in the purple hat, and what are his motives? They say good things come in small packages, so feel free to call me a greedy so and so if you like, but I was left wanting just a few pages more. Still, the Tiny Wife definitely comes highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, poor approach
The underlying premise is sound, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The framing device takes a somewhat disturbing view as to the nature of the self, the background... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Hereward
1.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Andrew Kaufman will like this book.
I found it a bit affected and that it didn't appeal to an adult reader with any cynicism at all.
Published 1 month ago by Lottie Lupin
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book that is an easy read
An excellent book that is an easy read, well worth the money, and arrived within days of ordering. Would definitely recommend to a friend, or anyone who is looking for something... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paige Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars she loved it.
Bought as a present,for teenager, she loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Topham
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Waste of time rubbish story
Published 9 months ago by Dolly
2.0 out of 5 stars The Tiny Read
Not much too it, both storywise and contents, read it very quickly as there isn't much actual writing and thought the story was a bit uncomplicated and bland.
Published 12 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
great classic read of a book.. All Andrew Kaufmans books are very good and i would recommend reading them all
Published 13 months ago by rug
3.0 out of 5 stars Too metaphorical
This book is based on metaphors. Was recommended by a friend, who knows I like arty books without much of a plot. However this book took it to the extreme. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars The robbery was not without consequences. The consequences were the...
A robber holds up Branch 117 of the British Bank of North America in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There were 13 people inside when the thief entered. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Macca
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Really enjoyed this book, the problem about downloading on kindle is you don't get to keep the books you really like. I would enjoy re-reading this one.
Published 18 months ago by Sarah
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