I would have wanted to read The Waterproof Bible for the sole reason that it’s gorgeous (you have to see it in person, the digital image doesn’t do it justice). Add the fact that it’s written by Andrew Kaufman, who wrote the acclaimed All My Friends Are Superheroes, plus it’s the March pick for Eye Weekly’s Pop Fiction book club, and you know I’m reading it for sure.
Rebecca Reynolds and Lewis Taylor are on their way to the funeral of Lisa Taylor (Rebecca’s sister and Lewis’ wife) when their limo stalls at the corner of Queen and Broadview. As they wait, Lewis feels Rebecca’s anxiety before he sees the cause (Rebecca has the involuntarily ability to project her emotions to everyone around her; she combats her condition by boxing up her feelings and locking them in a self-storage bin). At this moment, Rebecca is alarmed because a white Honda civic is careening towards them on a collision course, being driven by a green-skinned woman. Thus begins Kaufman’s bewitching, allegorical tale.
The green-skinned woman is Aberystwyth, who has just learned to drive, having only been living amongst the unwatered for a few days. For devout Aquatics, being unwatered is a sin, but one Aby is willing to commit in the hope of saving her mother from the even greater sin of dying with air-filled lungs, a sin so blasphemous that committing it curses one’s soul to wander forever, retaining the memories of loved ones, the desire to be with them again eternally unsatisfied.
This beautiful little book takes on big themes–love, responsibility, faith, forgiveness, and acceptance–whimsically, without ever being precious or gimmicky. This time you can judge a book by the cover.