Author(s): Jesse Andrews
In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.
Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute - and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger, richer people don't ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter - there's no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?
Brilliant, warm and funny, this is a social novel for our times in the tradition of 1984 or the work of Douglas Adams.
I've always enjoyed science fiction, and when it makes social commentary at the same time I'm really hooked. On top of that, this book has a completely new premise - the people in it are literally big or small (or anywhere in between) depending on how much money they've got. This is the obscentiy of extreme wealth and extreme poverty put into an excellent novel about 2 littlepoors (narrated by Warner, the brother) trying to find a way out of tiny.
- Kathleen @ Dorothy Butler Childreb's Bookshop, April 2018.
Jesse Andrews is a novelist, screenwriter, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University. His books include Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012) and The Haters (2016) and his scripts include the Sundance Grand Jury-prize winning adaptation of his book Me and Earl. He currently lives in Brooklyn, along with roughly 95% of America's novelists.