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.
Following on from reading All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman, The Literary Boutique book club continued to read another Kaufman novel: The Tiny Wife. Like his first novella, The Tiny Wife is short, quirkier and all-out bizarre. Throughout the hardback copy, the book also displays some delightful silhouette illustrations by Tom Percival.
Let’s be honest first, Andrew Kaufman’s novels are just plain weird. Is it too weird perhaps? With each character that’s introduced to us, they all eventually face an unusual circumstance. From a woman who discovers she’s made out of candy to a baby that excretes money. The Tiny Wife is a very peculiar short story. Yet somehow it works. It sort of makes sense.
Most stories like to contain morals, in other words, lessons to be learned; something significant for the readers to gain about themselves. For example, children’s literature contains morals for them to understand and grow in life. In The Tiny Wife, characters are confronted with dilemmas, relationship problems and learning to face fears and accept struggles in life. All things that readers can relate to. Kaufman certainly likes to use moral lessons within his novels. In a way, that’s what makes him a great writer.
However, the novel is just too short. Hence, the novel ended rather abruptly. In some ways, Kaufman introduced too many characters to this novella. Consequently, the readers were jumping from one character to the next. I would have liked a bit more depth and explanation, so that the characterisation didn’t feel rushed. Towards the end, the novel just left readers with too many unanswered questions.
The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman is a very quick read. It won’t take you long at all. It’s one of those books where you read it once and then brush it off to the side. The Tiny Wife is not as good as Kaufman’s first novel, All My Friends Are Superheroes. There’s simply not enough detail and depth to excite readers. Nonetheless, if you want a quick and quirky read; then why not pick up this novel today.