Tinkers

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Pub Date: 01/01/2009

Pages: 192

Trim: 5 x 7

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press

Imprint: Bellevue Literary Press

ISBN 13: 9781934137123

ISBN 10: 193413712X

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Category: FICTION / Literary

Tinkers

By Paul Harding

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About the Book

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.

About the Book

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

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.

Marilynne Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and essayist. Her recent books are Lila: A Novel and What Are We Doing Here?: Essays. She lives in Iowa City and is professor emerita at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.