American Library Association Notable Book
PEN / Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers Award
In Paul Harding’s stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for.”San Francisco Chronicle
There are few perfect debut American novels. Walter Percy’sThe Moviegoerand Harper Lee’sTo Kill a Mockingbirdcome to mind. So does Marilynne Robinson'sHousekeeping.To this list ought to be added Paul Harding’s devastating first book,Tinkers. . . . Harding has written a masterpiece.” John Freeman, National Public Radio
Tinkersis 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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofHome, Gilead,andHousekeeping
[Tinkersis] a novel that you’ll want to savor. . . . I found reading it to be an incredibly moving experience.” Nancy Pearl
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,Tinkersis an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature.