The Amphibian took Tom to the Stress Bunny's end-of-summer party, 1998. It was the first superhero party Tom was ever at. He nudged the Amphibian with his shoulder. 'Watch this, ' he said. 'Hey - hey, The!' The Battery looked. The Seeker looked. The Phoney, the Ticker, the Couch Surfer, the Frog Kisser - almost everybody in the room looked. Including the Perfectionist. The Amphibian didn't think it was funny but the Perfectionist giggled. She'd never noticed how many of their first names were 'The'. She smiled at Tom. She flicked her hair over her shoulder. All Tom's friends really are superheroes. There's the Ear, the Spooner, the impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she's sure that Tom has abandoned her. So she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom's beside her, she boards an airplane in Toronto. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he's visible, or he loses her forever. A funny, sweet story, All My Friends Are Superheroes will remind you that the greatest superpower of all is love.
'This is an adorable book: neat, sweet, petite. Your loved one will love you even more for buying it for them. Toby Litt 'Somebody should write Mr Kaufman and thank him for his tender heart ... I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.' Sheila Heti A work of adorable genius. Buy it, borrow it, steal it but just make sure you read it. I am willing to bet it will be your surprise read of the year. I read it on the train home the day I received it and spent the whole evening smiling. (****)Scott Pack 'meandmybigmouth.typepad.com 'An addictive, brisk, wonderfully inventive and funny piece of work.' Dogmatika '... may technically be called a love story, but if it is, it is one that is blissfully cliche free. More please.' Pulp.net 'Simply brilliant. A real gem of a book ... this ode to love was built to last.' Ham & High 'A deliciously barbed commentary on our ongoing epidemic of physical and emotional multi-tasking and all its neurotic spinoffs.' The Globe and Mail