Tinkers

Tinkers

by Paul Harding

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Overview

Paul Harding’s Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times –bestselling debut novel about memory, consciousness, and our place in the natural world.

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.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: Enon and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tinkers. He teaches at Stony Brook Southampton.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934137123
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 161,464
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: Enon and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tinkers. He teaches at Stony Brook Southampton.

What People are Saying About This

Barry Unsworth

"Tinkers is a remarkable piece of work, fascinating, and sometimes horrific, to read, and iscumulatively 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)

Marilynne Robinson

Tinkers is truly remarkable. 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 and Gilead)

Elizabeth McCracken

"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)

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