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Fiction Magical Realism

The Ticking Heart

by (author) Andrew Kaufman

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
Magical Realism, Absurdist, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552453896
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770565838
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $12.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781770567009
    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
    List Price
    $27.95

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Description

Part modern fable, part detective novel, a journey through grief in the imaginary world of Metaphoria.

One cold winter night, Charlie shares a cab with a stranger in a purple hat. As they talk, a cloud of purple smoke overwhelms him and he wakes up to find himself behind the only desk in the Epiphany Detective Agency. Charlie, as it turns out, is trapped in Metaphoria, an otherworldly place that reality has forgotten, a place where everything means something else. His first client is Shirley Miller, who insists on hiring Charlie to find her husband's missing heart. In fact, she's so insistent that she replaces Charlie's heart with a bomb. He has twenty-four hours to find Twiggy Miller's heart - and its meaning - or his own will explode.

Tender and brutal, optimistic and despairing, this modern fable by the author of the cult hit All My Friends Are Superheroes takes a fresh look at what it means to fall into, and out of, love.

About the author

Andrew Kaufman lives and writes in Toronto. He was born in Wingham, Ontario, making him the second-most-famous Canadian writer to come from Wingham. He is the author of international bestseller All My Friends Are Superheroes, The Waterproof Bible, ReLit Award-winner The Tiny Wife, and Born Weird, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and was shortlisted for the Leacock award.

Andrew Kaufman lives and writes in Toronto. He is the author of international bestseller All My Friends are Superheroes, The Waterproof Bible, ReLit Award-winner The Tiny Wife, and Born Weird, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and was shortlisted for the Leacock award.

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Editorial Reviews

“Expansive and imaginative.” Kirkus Reviews

“Irreverent and bursting prose... Fans of Mark Leyner will enjoy Kaufman’s messy string of outrageous scenarios.” Publishers Weekly

"The Ticking Heart manages to use metaphor to encourage readers to consider the tangled mysteries of their own hearts – puffs of purple smoke not necessarily included." —Stacey Madden, Quill & Quire

"Tender and brutal, optimistic and despairing, this modern fable by the author of the cult hit All My Friends Are Superheroes takes a fresh look at what it means to fall into, and out of, love." Hamilton Review of Books

"Kaufman’s greatest strength has always been his playfulness, and The Ticking Heart flexes that strength." —Tara Cheesman, BARRELHOUSE

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