This quirky and bittersweet short story is one of the best out there.
Recently, I decided to take this book along with me for an hour long commute. It’s a short one, barely over a hundred pages, and perfect for a relaxed train ride.
As I was re-reading it,I was surprised to find that even after a decade I found it so fresh and entertaining. I had a smile on my face the whole time reading it, and didn’t even realise when I reached my stop. It’s by far one of the sweetest love stories I have read.
The book is about Tom and his wife -the Perfectionist- who is moving to Vancouver because she thinks Tom has left her. However, Tom is only invisible to her because of a spell cast by his wife’s ex-boyfriend- Hypno. And so, Tom is left with the time on the flight to convince her that he’s there before he loses her forever.
As Tom narrates his love story he keeps referring to everyone around him by superhero names that signifies a peculiar quality about them whether likeable or unlikeable. One such example he gives:
The Stress Bunny
If you arrive at a party and suddenly find yourself completely relaxed, there’s a good chance the Stress Bunny is there. Blessed with the ability to absorb the stress of everyone in a fifty-foot radius, the Stress Bunny is invited to every party, every outing.
Her power originates from her strict Catholic upbringing.
The way he turns feelings and personality traits into amusing characters and through them is able to convey the ups and downs in a relationship sets it apart from any other love story one may have read. The writing is whimsical and funny, it keeps you engaged and you often find yourself nodding along whenever Tom reaches an insight into his relationship.
It’s a short and wonderful book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again.
Publisher (Coach House Books) Year (2003) Genre (Fiction) Rating (4/5)