Tinkers

By Paul Harding
(Bellevue Literary Press, Paperback, 9781934137123, 191pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2009 Indie Next List
“This debut novel is a slim treasure that, through the lives of a New England father and his son, quietly takes on nothing less than the measure of a life and the sublime and fearful notes that make it up. Harding lifts the face off small moments in quiet lives with a language both heartbreaking and exhilarating.”
-- Ty Wilson, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Reading Group List


Description
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.



About the Author
Paul Harding has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2000) and was a 2000-2001 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA. He has published short stories in Shakepainter and the Harvard Review. Paul currently teaches creative writing at Harvard. This is his first novel.


NPR
Saturday, Apr 17, 2010

Paul Harding's publisher, the tiny Bellevue Literary Press, published only a few thousand copies of his first novel, Tinkers. Expectations were low. Then it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. More at NPR.org

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