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All My Friends Are Superheroes Paperback – Oct 16 2003

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: COACH HOUSE BOOKS; 1 edition (Oct. 16 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552451305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552451304
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With his debut novel, All My Friends Are Superheroes, Andrew Kaufman officially enters the ranks of Not Your Mother's Can Lit. Like other young Canadian writers who have turned their backs on the tired subjects of forgotten history and family sagas, Kaufman writes not what will sell but what he knows: the mediascape and pop culture. A weird hybrid of fable, urban angst, and comic geekdom, All My Friends Are Superheroes is a light-hearted novel that skewers literary pretensions as much as our banal world of office drones and boring, meaningless lives. It follows the tale of Tom, who is trying to find a way to make his wife notice him again before she moves from Toronto to Vancouver and out of his life forever. While this is hardly an original plot, Kaufman makes it new with a few twists: Tom's wife doesn't notice him because she's been hypnotized into thinking he's invisible, and the urban scenesters who populate the novel all have super powers.

In fact, everybody in Tom's world has a super power--everybody but Tom, that is. However, these powers are for the most part useless, more neuroses than anything else. There's the Perfectionist, who is obsessed with making things orderly; the Businessman, who can assess people's worth just by looking at them; the Couch Surfer, who can survive extreme poverty; and many more. Think Sheila Heti meets Jim Munroe. At a slim 112 pages, All My Friends Are Superheroes is more of a romp through the culture of young urban professionals and our society's accumulated personality disorders than it is a comprehensive or meaningful examination of any serious issues. But Kaufman makes it clear that his goal isn't to write literature with a capital "L"; it's to make literature fun again. And we all know there's nothing more fun than superheroes. --Peter Darbyshire


‘This book is like a kiss in the afternoon sun. Somebody should write Mr. Kaufman a letter and thank him for his tender heart and the way he puts things down so gently. I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.’ ― Sheila Heti

‘One of the saddest, funniest, strangest, and most romantic books ... Brilliant!’ ―The Bookseller (UK)

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