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Don't let the 'quirkiness' put you off!,
This review is from: All My Friends are Superheroes (Paperback)
On their wedding night, Tom becomes invisible to his wife, The Perfectionist. After six months of waiting for Tom's return, The Perfectionist buys a plane ticket and a new apartment in a new city. Invisibly, Tom sits next to his wife throughout the plane journey trying to think of ways to make her see him. Time is running out - will he discover his own superhero power in time?
At first glance, this is a not very subtle but quirkily humorous story about the characters we build in order to survive everyday life. A superhero power exists for every strategy, defence, and pigeonhole we find for ourselves and for the people we know. Scattered throughout the story of Tom and the Perfectionist, Kaufman provides entertaining character sketches for numerous everyday superheroes of their acquaintance. A touch of stereotyping? Maybe. A touch of pop. psychology? Maybe. But it's also more than the sum of its parts, just as we are.
This is one of those books that will always find itself categorised under `quirky' and may put some readers off as a result. Don't be put off! At the end of the day, the superhero stuff is just an excuse to play in the dressing-up box. Ultimately and essentially, this is a true love story. Sweet as they come.