The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman [Review]


Rebecca has a most unusual problem: no matter how hard she tries, she can’t stop broadcasting her feelings to people around her. Luckily, she’s discovered how to trap and store her feelings in personal objects – but just how much emotional baggage can Unit 207, E.Z. Self Storage hold?

Lewis is grieving for his wife, Lisa, Rebecca’s sister. Inconsolable, he skips Lisa’s funeral, flies to Winnipeg, gets a haircut and meets a woman who claims to be God.

At the wheel of a stolen Honda Civic is Aberystwyth, aka Aby, driving across Canada to save the soul of her dying mother. She is green, gill-necked, and very uncomfortable out of the water.

An unexpected encounter with Aby sets off a chain of events which sends each of them on a personal quest.

Can Rebecca, Lewis and Aby find redemption before a terrible flood destroys their chance at happiness?


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Andrew Kaufman, is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I loved both his two novellas, All My Friends are Superheroes and The Tiny Wife. And this one, his first longer length book has been on my wishlist for a while.

I’m not going to talk about the plot, (more than posting the official synopsis above anyway), partly because it’s almost impossible to sum up ;), but mostly, because it’s best not to know too much going in, and let you discover the riches inside for yourself.

I heartily encourage you to go in prepared to suspend your sense of disbelief and just accept events as they unfold; because beneath all the surreal moments and wacky characters, there’s a strong message about acceptance, being human and the way we connect with others. (Which are recurring themes in his books).

Readers seem to either love or hate his stuff, and I can totally see why that is, bit I’m firmly in the ‘love them’ camp.


Buy: The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman