The Ticking Heart

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Pub Date 17 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021

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“Expansive and imaginative.” —Kirkus Reviews

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

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.

“Expansive and imaginative.” —Kirkus Reviews

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

Part modern...


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ISBN 9781552453896
PRICE CA$25.99 (CAD)
DURATION 3 Hours, 29 Minutes

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What a wonderful journey though metaphoria. I finished this book about a day and a half ago and really wanted to reflect on what I’d just read and ruminate. Well my ruminations have led to the conclusion that this is a genuinely funny, reflective and insightful book on the affairs of the human heart. It is cleverly written and the use of literal metaphor and the sumptuous world of metaphoria create an wonderfully immersive reading and listening experience. I have always been a fan of hard-boiled private eye stories of the past, so to have this deliciously clever, exciting book set in a world gone by of private detectives and the case of the missing person was a true treat. But be warned - this is not a throwaway read to consume and put aside. It takes commitment, and genuine interest. Although this was an audio book, take your time and listen, enjoy and really savour it. For before you know it, you will be at the end thinking - that was a bit quick, but just wait let what you’ve read, heard sink in a bit and you will genuinely be left smiling.

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