Subtle and imaginative, this short book is a magical tale of how we are each responsible for our own pain and suffering. Thirteen bank customers get an item of sentimental value stolen by a bizarre and rather likeable thief. He sets them a deadline to recover that stolen piece of their souls ... or else they'll die.
The main character is the narrator's wife, who starts to shrink and shrink. We also find out what happens to the other 12 in the bank and, in doing so, we're gentle taught that it's only when we find the courage to face our deepest fears behind the illusions of our lives that we can find happiness.
Approachable, entertaining and very funny, this is a terrific book to read.