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Enon by Paul Harding
  

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Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for his novel Tinkers, an elegiac journey from an old man’s deathbed into his past. Enon returns to the same setting and focuses on the grandson of Tinkers’ old man whose world is utterly devastated by the death of his 14 year old daughter. Completely falling apart Harding explores how grief fractures worlds and changes us and the people we thought we knew irrevocably. A powerful and emotional read but ultimately richly rewarding.

If you like Paul Harding you might also like to read books by A M Homes, Richard Russo and Donna Tartt.

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Synopsis

Enon by Paul Harding

Hailed as a masterpiece, Tinkers, Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, is a modern classic. Here, in Enon, Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. Grandson of George Crosby (the protagonist of Tinkers), Charlie inhabits the same dynamic landscape of New England, its seasons mirroring his turbulent emotional odyssey. Along the way, Charlie's encounters are brought to life by his wit, his insights into history, and his yearning to understand the big questions. A stunning mosaic of human experience, Enon affirms Paul Harding as one of the most gifted and profound writers of his generation.


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'I don't think I've read anything quite so strangely moving for a very long time. Such a relief to know there are still writers around who can write about real people, and who notice the world around them, and can turn that into exquisite art. Unbearably tense, but so rewarding as well ... every snatch of dialogue seemed pitch-perfect.' Gerard Woodward

'Harding writes with superb sensitivity about the mental and physical effects of a broken heart.' -- Kate Saunders, The Times

'A hypnotic portrayal of loss and resilience ... Harding is an extraordinary writer, for the intoxicating power of his prose, the range of his imagination, and above all for the redemptive humanity of his vision ... That Enon is a work of fiction that feels authentic as memoir makes it all the more astonishing.' Financial Times

'Harding's prose is perfect - simple, sharp and creative.' Observer

'An extraordinary follow-up to the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, Tinkers...His prose is steeped in a visionary, transcendentalist tradition that echoes Blake, Rilke, Emerson, and Thoreau, and makes for a darkly intoxicating read.' New Yorker

About the Author

Paul Harding has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2000) and was a 2000-2001 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA. He has published short stories in Shakepainter and The Harvard Review. Paul currently teaches creative writing at Harvard. His first novel, Tinkers, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th September 2014

Author

Paul Harding

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099538059

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