- Hardcover: 270 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (3 January 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007441401
- ISBN-13: 978-0007441402
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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Born Weird Hardcover – 3 Jan 2013
'I gobbled it up in two days. I absolutely loved it. Another fantastic premise, brilliant characters, witty dialogue, it was just so so good and I am once again jealous that I didn't come up with the idea. As soon as I finished it I missed the characters so I hope he hurries up and writes another one quickly.' CECELIA AHERN
‘If you enjoy Wes Anderson films you’ll find a character to love here.’ EMERALD STREET
‘Touching, witty, and with downright addictive prose.’ HELLO
‘Wild, wacky, wonderful.’ THE GLOBE & MAIL
‘Kaufman has the enviable ability to zing his writing with humor. I often found myself laughing aloud at the Weirds’ fractured reality and the silliness that ensues.’ THE STAR
‘As a novelist he has set a certain unique course for himself, created a certain unique domain.’ NATIONAL POST
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Our book group was divided on it, but I really felt it was too cute for its own good. For lovers of Canadian content, it spans the continent, almost as if ensuring that many of the Provinces were accounted for. I can't really recommend it, but at least it wasn't torture to read.
They were also pretty peculiar. The family seemed predestined to be dysfunctional but the Grandma - non-affectionately known as the Shark - decided to help matters take a turn for the, well, weird. When each of her grandchildren was born, the Shark bestowed upon them a blessing: Richard would always be safe, Lucy would never be lost, Abba would never lose hope, Angie will always forgive, and Kurt will always be strong when he needs to defend himself. These blessings soon proved to be curses and so the five now grown Weird children are forced to reunite in order to lift their curses at the exact moment of their grandma's death.
Born Weird is another excellent novel from Andrew Kaufman. He has a gift for spotting the absurd in ordinary life and for creating characters that are at once extraordinary and completely relatable. In order to life their curses, the Weirds embark on a kind of surreal road trip to reconnect with each other and to solve the mysteries of their family's past. There's a lot of silliness along the way but also quite a bit of emotion and surprise. In addition to their adventures in the `real' world, Born Weird also explores the Weird siblings time spent in Rainytown, a delightful cardboard settlement that they began as children and which still serves a purpose today.
Born Weird is a wonderfully, madly quirky novel that should entrance fans of Kaufman's previous novels and new readers alike.