Paul Harding Tinkers

ISBN 13 : 9781501276552

Tinkers

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9781501276552: Tinkers

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.

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About the Author :

Paul Harding has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Georgetown, Massachusetts. He is the recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Tinkers.

Review :

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize
New York Times Bestseller

An American Library Association Notable Book, American Booksellers Association Indie Choice Honor Award recipient, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist selection, Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum First Fiction Award Finalist, and Center For Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Finalist

Named one of the best books of the year by the New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Irish Times, Granta, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and National Public Radio

PRAISE FOR Tinkers

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.” Pulitzer 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.” HANNAH TINTI, OSCAR HIJUELOS, and CRAIG NOVA, PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize judges

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.” JOHN FREEMAN, National Public Radio

A complex reflection on memory, consciousness, and the meaning of life.” DIANE REHM, Diane Rehm Show Readers’ Review” Book Club

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.” NANCY PEARL, KUOW.org

Alive with gorgeous sentences.” LISA SHEA, Elle magazine

[An] astonishing novel.” SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, Los Angeles Times

In Paul Harding’s stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for.” JOAN FRANK, San Francisco Chronicle

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.” CHRIS BOHJALIAN, Boston Globe

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.” ANNE MORRIS, Dallas Morning News

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.” YIYUN LI, Granta.com Best Books of the Year

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.” MICHELE FILGATE, Quarterly Conversation

Quiet, moving, breathtakingly crafted.” BARBARA HOFFERT, Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Writing with breathtaking lyricism and tenderness, Harding has created a rare and beautiful novel of spiritual inheritance and acute psychological and metaphysical suspense.” DONNA SEAMAN, Booklist (starred review)

Outstanding . . . 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.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Filled with lovely Whitmanesque descriptions of the natural world, this slim novel gives shape to the extraordinary variety in the thoughts of otherwise ordinary men.” Kirkus Reviews

Paul Harding’s Tinkers is not just a novel though it is a brilliant novel. It’s an instruction manual on how to look at nearly everything. Harding takes the back off to show you the miraculous ticking of the natural world, the world of clocks, generations of family, an epileptic brain, the human soul. In astounding language sometimes seemingly struck by lightning, sometimes as tight and complicated as clockwork, Harding shows how enormous fiction can be, and how economical. Read this book and marvel.” ELIZABETH McCRACKEN, author of Niagara Falls All Over Again

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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home, Gilead, and Housekeeping

A work of great power and originality. There is a striking freedom of style here, which allows the author to move without any sense of strain or loss of balance from the visionary and ecstatic to the exquisitely precise. The novel is compelling to read, sometimes horrific, and deeply moving because it is woven together into the single quilt of our humanity.” BARRY UNSWORTH, Booker Prize-winning author of The Ruby in Her Navel

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