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Tinkers
by Paul Harding


Overview - Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Bestseller

"There are few perfect debut American novels. . . . To this list ought to be added Paul Harding's devastating first book, Tinkers. . . . Harding has written a masterpiece." -- NPR

"In Paul Harding's stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for." -- San Francisco Chronicle

" Tinkers is truly remarkable." -- Marilynne Robinson , Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home, Gilead, and Housekeeping

An old man lies dying.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Bestseller

"There are few perfect debut American novels. . . . To this list ought to be added Paul Harding's devastating first book, Tinkers. . . . Harding has written a masterpiece." --NPR

"In Paul Harding's stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Tinkers is truly remarkable." --Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home, Gilead, and Housekeeping

An old man lies dying. Propped up in his living room and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of consciousness, back to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in Maine. As the clock repairer's time winds down, his memories intertwine with those of his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler and his grandfather, a Methodist preacher beset by madness. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781934137123
  • ISBN-10: 193413712X
  • Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 191
  • Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.35 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 58.
  • Review Date: 2008-09-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Harding's outstanding debut unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home. George Washington Crosby repairs clocks for a living and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic smalltime traveling salesman. The descriptions of the father's epilepsy and the “cold halo of chemical electricity that encircled him immediately before he was struck by a full seizure” are stunning, and the household's sadness permeates the narrative as George returns to more melancholy scenes. The real star is Harding's language, which dazzles whether he's describing the workings of clocks, sensory images of nature, the many engaging side characters who populate the book, or even a short passage on how to build a bird nest. This is an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship. (Jan.)

 
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