Tinkers

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Bellevue Literary Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Fiction - 191 pages
113 Reviews
Pulitzer Prize Winner
"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." --National Public Radio
"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: the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Tinkers" and "Enon" (forthcoming in September 2013). He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard and the University of Iowa. A Guggenheim Fellow, Harding now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

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User Review  - harleyqgrayson02 - LibraryThing

I received this book through Librarything.com member giveaway. For a honest review. This book was too short, and it kept jumping around so much. I like it, I just wish it was longer. Read full review

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User Review  - cindiann - LibraryThing

Generations of bemused college students will be grateful that Tinkers meanders to a close quickly and with grace. It's full of things I love: unselfconscious language, familial history cast scattershot like a broken string of pearls, and men from New England. Read full review

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Paul Harding is the author of two novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Tinkers" and "Enon" (forthcoming in September 2013). He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard and the University of Iowa. A Guggenheim Fellow, Harding now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

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