The Tiny Wife

The Tiny Wife

Book - 2014
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"A flamboyantly-dressed man enters a bank, and proceeds to commit a most curious robbery. Rather than demanding money or jewelry, he asks each of his thirteen victims to surrender that which they hold most valuable: a calculator, a cheap watch, photographs of children, a copy of Camus' The Stranger, and so on. The lives of robbery victims begin to come apart in otherworldly yet strangely fitting ways, forcing them to discover and claim that which is truly valuable to them -before it's too late. The Tiny Wife, the latest work of contemporary wonder from bestselling and award-nominated author Andrew Kaufman, is an imaginative and inspiring display of pure storytelling."--Amazon.
Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781770864047
Branch Call Number: KAU
Characteristics: 108 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm

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LoganLib_Tahnee Jan 04, 2017

A very interesting read that was very enjoyable.

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LDog
May 16, 2016

I hadn't read anything by Andrew Kaufman until this, and I loved this, LOVED IT! It was so interesting, imaginative, dark & fun, and now I want to read everything he's ever written. I highly recommend this novella.

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Duske
Apr 12, 2016

Moving and disturbing at the same time, this novella is a quick read carrying a lot of heavy weight. Like the title, the short sections of the book move from character to character, unfurling tiny slices of their lives that are both heartbreaking and uplifting.

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ms_mustard
May 24, 2015

I wanted to read something by this author but was not compelled to finish this book. I'd say that I don't like magical realism but I'm enjoying Michael Crummey's Galore.

KateHillier Feb 13, 2015

This was an odd little book. It was a quick read and was certainly interesting. IF you're at all a fan of magical realism I'd give this one a look.

A thief walks into a bank and proceeds to rob the people there. Not for money but for the object on them at that moment that has the most sentimental value. When he leaves with the object he tells them that they'd better find a way to grow back what was taken they will die.

Strange things begin to happen. One woman turns into candy, another's husband becomes a snow man, our narrator's wife begins to shrink. And shrink. And shrink.

As said I said, it's a weird little thing, but it's quick and certainly worth a peek.

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Duske
Apr 12, 2016

He put on his other pair of dark shoes and the lace in the left shoe broke. He changed into his light suit but, when tightening the lace on his right brown show, it, too, broke. He looked at the lace in his hand. He looked at the laces on the floor. "I have to leave you," he said to his wife, but she was already gone.

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