Andrew Kaufman, All My Friends Are Superheroes*

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Wow.  The premise of the book goes something like this:

All Tom’s friends really are superheroes.  Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist.  But at their wedding the Perfectionist is hypnotised by her ex, Hypno, to believe that Tom is invisible.  Nothing he does can make her see or hear Tom.  She doesn’t even notice when Tom breaks all the plates but as she returns to bed, cuts her feet which as Tom tenderly treats, causes him to discover something else: when Tom touches the Perfectionist, she variously hiccups, coughs, gets itchy…

Six months later the Perfectionist is sure that Tom has abandoned her and heartbroken, she’s moving back to Vancouver.  She’ll use all her superpowers to leave her heartbreak behind and with no idea that Tom is beside her, she boards the plane.  Tom has seen the Perfectionist make everything perfect and he knows that he has only until the plane touches down to convince the woman he loves that he is there, beside her, before losing her forever.

…not a cape or Joker in sight (but surely there’s an award out there for the Best Book Title of the Year with a special sub-category for the book title most likely to cause friends, family and work colleagues to actually read what you’ve written).

This is another short novel (the second I’ve reviewed in a weekend) but one with a mighty heart that must surely make even the most cynical reader grin.  Try a quote:

Tom looked at the Perfectionist. The Perfectionist looked at him.  Tom looked back at the boxes and then back at the Perfectionist.  He scratched his head.

‘Well?’ the Perfectionist asked.

Tom looked at her, looked at the boxes and looked back at the Perfectionist.  He still didn’t understand.

‘Which one?’ she demanded.  She moved her arms, suggesting he should get into one.

Tom walked into the room and stood between the two boxes.  He looked at the one marked ‘LOVER’ and he looked at the one marked ‘FRIEND’.  He made his decision quickly.  With sharp steps he moved in front of the box marked ‘FRIEND’.  Picking it up, he lifted it over his head and put it inside the box marked ‘LOVER’.  Then he turned around, picked up the Perfectionist, and lifted her inside the boxes.  He climbed in with her.  In the morning, there wasn’t much left of either box.

I won’t tell you how it ends but I will say that if there are any guys out there – or ladies – who want to give their special someone a gift that is very different and says all the stuff you’d usually struggle to put into words then buy this book.  It is roses, chocolates, fine wine and posh dinner all rolled into one – and don’t forget the hankies.

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Link to Amazon here

Alternatively, go to the publishers own website here: Telegram Books

* – actually, my friends are superheroes: if you’re going to have great friends, you may as well have The Greatest.

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