tinkers by paul harding = back in stock after reprint

2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction

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Hardings outstanding debut unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home. George Washington Crosby repairs clocks for a living and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic smalltime traveling salesman. The descriptions of the fathers epilepsy and the cold halo of chemical electricity that encircled him immediately before he was struck by a full seizure are stunning, and the households sadness permeates the narrative as George returns to more melancholy scenes. The real star is Hardings language, which dazzles whether hes 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)

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