The Waterproof Bible

by Andrew Kaufman

Random House of Canada | February 23, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Waterproof Bible is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
A magical story of love and the isolation that defines the modern condition - Andrew Kaufman pulls off the near impossible and creates a wholly original allegorical tale that is both emotionally resonant and outlandishly fun.

Rebecca Reynolds is a young woman with a most unusual and inconvenient problem: no matter how hard she tries, she can't stop her emotions from escaping her body and entering the world around her. Luckily she's developed a nifty way to trap and store her powerful emotions in personal objects - but how many shoeboxes can a girl fill before she feels crushed by her past?

Three events force Rebecca to change her ways: the unannounced departure of her husband, Stewart; the sudden death of Lisa, her musician sister; and, while on her way to Lisa's funeral, a near-crash with what appears to be a giant frogwoman recklessly speeding in a Honda Civic.

Meanwhile, Lisa's inconsolable husband skips the funeral and flies to Winnipeg where he begins a bizarre journey that strips him of everything before he can begin to see a way through his grief… all with the help of a woman who calls herself God.


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Published: February 23, 2010

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307373886

ISBN - 13: 9780307373885

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What you believe with all your heart Andrew Kaufman's sweet and serious second novel follows three protagonists: Rebecca, a woman whose emotions are felt by people around her; Lewis, a rock star who's just lost his wife; and Aberystwyth, an amphibious frog-woman driving across Canada in a stolen Honda Civic. The loss of Lewis's wife, who was also Rebecca's sister, is the catalyst that tips both Lewis and Rebecca into soul-searching journeys. Lewis goes to Winnipeg; Rebecca goes to the storage locker where she keeps the belongings that hold all of her most emotional moments. And before they part, they nearly collide with Aby, who has not yet totally figured out how to drive her car. What follows is a wonderful mixture of the surreal and the perfectly grounded. The Canada of this book is precisely delineated, with exact distances in kilometres. The characters stay in real hotels and drive past recognizable landmarks. The reader is also treated to descriptions of Aby's religion, the boat Rebecca's ex-husband builds in the middle of the Prairies, and the objects Rebecca uses like genie-bottles to siphon off and contain her emotions. As with Kaufman's excellent debut, All My Friends Are Superheroes, the whimsical concepts are offset by an emotional truthfulness that leaves the reader aching but smiling.
Date published: 2010-05-07

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The Waterproof Bible

by Andrew Kaufman

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 23, 2010

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307373886

ISBN - 13: 9780307373885

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A magical story of love and the isolation that defines the modern condition - Andrew Kaufman pulls off the near impossible and creates a wholly original allegorical tale that is both emotionally resonant and outlandishly fun.

Rebecca Reynolds is a young woman with a most unusual and inconvenient problem: no matter how hard she tries, she can't stop her emotions from escaping her body and entering the world around her. Luckily she's developed a nifty way to trap and store her powerful emotions in personal objects - but how many shoeboxes can a girl fill before she feels crushed by her past?

Three events force Rebecca to change her ways: the unannounced departure of her husband, Stewart; the sudden death of Lisa, her musician sister; and, while on her way to Lisa's funeral, a near-crash with what appears to be a giant frogwoman recklessly speeding in a Honda Civic.

Meanwhile, Lisa's inconsolable husband skips the funeral and flies to Winnipeg where he begins a bizarre journey that strips him of everything before he can begin to see a way through his grief… all with the help of a woman who calls herself God.


From the Hardcover edition.