Enon

By Paul Harding
(Random House, Hardcover, 9781400069439, 238pp.)

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“Charlie Crosby has to face what no parent should ever have to-the death of their child. Enon is the town where Charlie and his wife, Susan, and daughter, Kate, live until one September day Kate is run over while riding her bike home from the beach. Kate's birth had bound Charlie and Susan back together and according to Susan was suppose to make them both better people. What now? How does any parent survive the death of a child? Charlie will travel a tormented road of sorrow, grief, anger, hopelessness and the big question, why? Paul Harding pulls no punches when describing Charlie's life after Kate's death. A moving meditation including the history of Enon, the seasons of New England and the mysteries of life. Profound, powerful and heart-breaking. Not to be missed.”
-- Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List


Description
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY
"The Wall Street Journal - "American Library Association" - Kirkus Reviews"
A stunning allegorical novel about one man's enduring love for his daughter
Hailed as "a masterpiece" (NPR), "Tinkers, "Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, is a modern classic. "The Dallas Morning News" observed that "like Faulkner, Harding never shies away from describing what seems impossible to put into words." Here, in "Enon, " Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. Grandson of George Crosby (the protagonist of "Tinkers"), Charlie inhabits the same dynamic landscape of New England, its seasons mirroring his turbulent emotional odyssey. Along the way, Charlie's encounters are brought to life by his wit, his insights into history, and his yearning to understand the big questions. A stunning mosaic of human experience, "Enon" affirms Paul Harding as one of the most gifted and profound writers of his generation.
Praise for "Enon"
"Harding conveys the common but powerful bond of parental love with devastating accuracy. . . . He] is a major voice in American fiction."--"Chicago Tribune "
"Paul Harding's novel "Tinkers "won the Pulitzer Prize; its stunning successor, "Enon, "only raises the bar."--"O: The Oprah Magazine"
"Extraordinary . . . a darkly intoxicating read . . . Harding's] prose is steeped in a visionary, transcendentalist tradition that echoes Blake, Rilke, Emerson, and Thoreau."--"The New Yorker"
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"So wild and riveting it's practically an aria . . . Harding is a superb stylist."--"Entertainment Weekly"
" Charlie's grief], shaped by a gifted writer's caressing attention, can bring about moments of what Charlie calls 'brokenhearted joy.'"--"The Wall Street Journal"
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"Astonishing . . . a work of fiction that feels authentic as memoir."--"Financial Times"
"Read "Enon" to live longer in the harsh, gorgeous atmosphere that Paul Harding has created."--"San Francisco Chronicle.



About the Author
Paul Harding has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard and The University of Iowa. He lives near Boston with his wife and two sons. This is his first novel.
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