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Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times–bestselling debut novel about memory, consciousness, and our place in the natural world.An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in...
Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times–bestselling debut novel about memory, consciousness, and our place in the natural world.An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in...
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  • Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times–bestselling debut novel about memory, consciousness, and our place in the natural world.

    An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure.

    A methodical repairer of clocks, he is now finally released from the usual constraints of time and memory to rejoin his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler, whom he had lost seven decades before. In his return to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine, he recovers a natural world that is at once indifferent to man and inseparable from him, menacing and awe inspiring.

    Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation to the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

    Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: Enon and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tinkers. He teaches at Stony Brook Southampton.

 

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About the Author-

  • Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Harding has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. 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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 29, 2008
    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.

  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2008
    George Washington Crosby has eight days to live. After this first line, the life of George and of his father, Howard, who left when George was 12, is explored through the metaphor of George's hobby of repairing clocks. Howard was a peddler, traveling with a cart and mule through eastern Maine around the turn of the century. This isolated profession allowed him to keep his affliction, epilepsy, successfully hidden from most everyone until, finally, his wife decides he has to be institutionalized for the safety of her children. It is to avoid this that Howard disappears. George, as he lays dying, considers his life and family coming in and out of reality and history. Harding, an MFA from Iowa Writer's Workshop, creates a beautifully written study of father-son relationships and the nature of time. This short work is a solid addition for larger literary collections. Recommended.Josh Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY

    Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from December 1, 2008
    A tinker is a mender, and in Hardings spellbinding debut, he imagines the old, mendable horse-and-carriage world. The objects of the past were more readily repaired than our electronics, but the living world was a mystery, as it still is, as it always will be. And so in this rhapsodic novel of impending death, Harding considers humankinds contrary desires to conquer the imps of disorder and to be one with life, fully meshed within the great glimmering web. In the present, George lies on his death bed in the Massachusetts house he built himself, surrounded by family and the antique clocks he restores. George loves the precision of fine timepieces, but now he is at the mercy of chaotic forces and seems to be channeling his late father, Howard, a tinker and a mystic whose epileptic seizures strike like lightning. Howard, in turn, remembers his strange and gentle minister father. Each man is extraordinarily porous to nature and prone to becoming unhitched from everyday human existence and entering a state of ecstasy, even transcendence. Writing with breathtaking lyricism and tenderness, Harding has created a rare and beautiful novel of spiritual inheritance and acute psychological and metaphysical suspense.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

  • Pulitzer Prize citation "A powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality."
  • PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize citation "An exquisite novel, at once fresh and hauntingly familiar, simple and profound, told with a voice so keen and beautiful as to leave the reader in a state of excitement produced only by literature, and the best literature at that."
  • American Library Association Notable Book citation "In this lyrical novel, the life of a dying man is examined through the smallest moments of time and memory."
  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist nominee citation (from the New Hampshire State Library) "An exquisitely written novel that captures the mysteries of relationships, memories and time passing in language that is both spare and lyrical. It is a true gem that sparkles with thoughtfulness, intelligence and life."
  • NPR Best Debut Fiction of the Year "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."
  • Nancy Pearl, KUOW.org "A novel that you'll want to savor. . . . I found reading it to be an incredibly moving experience. . . . This book begs to be read aloud."
  • New Yorker "This compact, adamantine début dips in and out of the consciousness of a New England patriarch . . . In Harding's skillful evocation, Crosby's life, seen from its final moments, becomes a mosaic of memories."
  • Elle "Alive with gorgeous sentences."
  • First for Women "A perfect read for reflection and short enough to finish in an afternoon."
  • Los Angeles Times "[An] astonishing novel."
  • San Francisco Chronicle "In Paul Harding's stunning first novel, we find what readers, writ­ers and reviewers live for."
  • Boston Globe "Tinkers is a poignant exploration of where we may journey when the clock has barely a tick or two left and we really can't go any­where at all."
  • Dallas Morning News "The life and death questions Paul Harding raises in Tinkers, as well as the richness of his writing, keep a reader coming back to it. . . . Like Faulkner, he never shies away from describing what seems impossible to put into words."
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Vivid and original . . . Tinkers [is] going to be around for a long, long time."
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune "This beautiful novel is sui generis; the most insignificant events . . . radiate fire and light."
  • Concord Monitor "Few contemporary writers have [Harding's] gift for uniting language and nature through a powerful imagination. Tinkers is a father-son story told with skill, depth and beauty."
  • Louisville Courier-Journal "Stunning . . . Writing in an economical style and transcendental spirit reminiscent of his friend and mentor, the award-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, Harding, who apprenticed with his horologist grandfather, uses the clock as a metaphor for the cosmos and its deeper intricacies and mysteries."
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer "This Cinderella winner of the Pulitzer Prize is alive with miraculous sentences."
  • London Review of Books "Tantalizing . . . Tinkers takes an uncompromising look at the complex emotional geometry that exists between parents and children."
  • Time Out Chicago "Harding is a first-rate writer, and his fascination with what makes his characters tick recommends him as a philosopher, as well."
  • Christian Science Monitor "This is a book so meticulously assembled that vocabulary choices like 'craquelure' and 'scrieved'--far from seeming pretentious--serve as reminders of how precise and powerful a tool good English can be."
  • Yiyun Li, Granta.com Best Books of the Year "A novel with an old-fashioned meditative quality so perfectly done that it is refreshing to read in a world filled with noises and false excitements. . . . It brings the reader to a closer understanding of his own life than he could have imagined before taking the journey."
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Arts and Politics "Unique, captivating, and a measure more magical than most other contemporary novels."
  • Quarterly Conversation "A luminous novel . . . that is not about death but instead an investigation into what life is all about. . . . The precipice is what Harding is so concentrated on, as though he were holding a magnifying glass up under bright sunlight and setting fire to the page."
  • Library Journal Best Books of the Year "Quiet, moving, breathtakingly crafted."
  • Booklist (starred review) "Writing with breathtaking lyricism and tenderness, Harding has created a rare and beautiful novel of spiritual inheritance and acute psychological and metaphysical...

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