Synopsis: 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.
Title: The Tiny Wife
Author: Andrew Kaufman
Publisher: The Friday Project
Imagine, the one day you go to the bank to drop off some money (or some other mundane bank-related task that takes up your entire work hour) is the same day a thief decides to rob a bank. But he doesn’t want your money (phew!), he wants the most sentimental thing you have on your person…
This is how The Tiny Wife begins and, as we read on, we discover the almost fairytale-like consequences of those choices and how the victims of the robbery overcome them. Within the first few pages I thought this was going to be good. And it was. Very, very good.
This modern day fable is funny, quirky and extremely thought-provoking. However bizarre, there is a strong point being made that is never explicitly stated but is there to be pondered nonetheless. I couldn’t help but think what I’d give up if I was in the same situation, what would happen to me afterwards and would I be able to work it out before it was too late?
The Tiny Wife is a novella of 80 pages and, whilst I greatly enjoyed riding Kaufman’s imaginative fable in one sitting, I couldn’t help but wish there was more. The plot is an intriguing and original premise that I would have loved to explore in depth.
Regardless of my qualms about its length, this is a gem of a book; with interesting illustrations throughout, The Tiny Wife is weird and whimsical, entertaining and refreshingly original. Something I will definitely keep on my shelf and re-read again and again.