Hardings exquisite debut novel, Tinkers, won the Pulitzer Prize and has racked up sales close to 500,000 copies in the trade paperback and ebook formats combined. Writing in the first person and again using New England as a setting, Harding explores the grief of protagonist Charlie Crosby (grandson of Tinkers character George Crosby) over the loss of his daughter. An eight-city tour.
Hailed as "a masterpiece" (NPR), "Tinkers, "Paul Hardings 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, Charlies 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 "Tinkers"
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers
An American Library Association Notable Book
"In Paul Hardings stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"There are few perfect debut American novels. Walter Percys "The Moviegoer" and Harper Lees "To Kill a Mockingbird" come to mind. So does Marilynne Robinsons "Housekeeping." To this list ought to be added Paul Hardings devastating first book, "Tinkers.""--NPR
""Tinkers" is truly remarkable. It achieves and sustains a unique fusion of language and perception. Its fine touch plays over the textured richnesses of very modest lives, evoking again and again a frisson of deep recognition, a sense of primal encounter with the brilliant, elusive world of the senses. It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls."--Marilynne Robinson
"A novel that youll want to savor . . . I found reading it to be an incredibly moving experience."--Nancy Pearl