All My Friends are Superheroes

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Coach House Books, 2003 - Fiction - 111 pages
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The Amphibian took Tom to the Stress Bunny's end-of-summer party, 1998. It was the first superhero party Tom was ever at. He nudged the Amphibian with his shoulder. 'Watch this, ' he said. 'Hey - hey, The!' The Battery looked. The Seeker looked. The Phoney, the Ticker, the Couch Surfer, the Frog Kisser - almost everybody in the room looked. Including the Perfectionist. The Amphibian didn't think it was funny but the Perfectionist giggled. She'd never noticed how many of their first names were 'The'. She smiled at Tom. She flicked her hair over her shoulder. All Tom's friends really are superheroes. There's the Ear, the Spooner, the impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she's sure that Tom has abandoned her. So she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom's beside her, she boards an airplane in Toronto. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he's visible, or he loses her forever. A funny, sweet story, All My Friends Are Superheroes will remind you that the greatest superpower of all is love.

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As a slow reader who read too much in university, this book is perfect. Funny, insightful, relevant and memorable. This was enjoyed equally by my friend the novelist, wife the business person, neighbour the gardening cat-keeper and uncle the retired prof. Easily read during a transatlantic flight or Air Canada delay.  

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Kaufman has a very pared down prose style; it's all short and grammatically simple sentences with very undemanding language; almost childlike in its simplicity. I don't mind this style if used ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario. This is the same town that Alice Munro was born in, which makes him the second-best writer from a town of 3,000. He attended F. E. Madill High School. He is also the author of The Waterproof Bible, The Tiny Wife, Born Weird and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence . He lives in Toronto with his awesome wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.

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