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Tinkers

by Paul Harding

Tinkers
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2009, 192 pages
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    Jan 2009, 192 pages

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Stacey Brownlie

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Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: A meditation on the private geography of the mind

Tinkers is a small book, flush with long sentences; a novel of spare plot, but grand and intricate ideas.  It deserved my full reading attention, and as a result it served as a kind of antidote to the fast-paced skimming sort of reading that I perform each day via the computer screen.

On the surface Tinkers, Paul Harding's first book, is the tale of an average man's final days. George Crosby, surrounded by loving family in the home that he built, is experiencing the last hours of life and memory as his body methodically fails him. The ministrations of George's relatives and wife fade from his consciousness as the hours pass and he is transported to places from his past as he re-lives vital pieces of his life, most often meditating on his stark and anxious childhood in West Cove, Maine. These childhood scenes focus sharply on George's stifled remembrances of ...

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  • An April 2010 article in the Boston Globe about how Tinkers went from noble obscurity to a Pulitzer Prize with the help of a handful of ardent advocates; and another similar article in the interview with Paul Harding at Powell's Bookstore in January 2009
  • A short article in the New York Times from 2007 about the publisher of Tinkers, The Bellevue Literary Press, located on the top floor of New York's Bellevue Hospital, America's oldest public hospital.

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