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Tinkers

Harding, Paul

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ISBN 10: 193413712X / ISBN 13: 9781934137123
Published by Bellevue Literary Press, New York, 2009
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the title page. In illustrated wrappers, with very slight edge wear but no stains or tears. Interior is clean and unmarked. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2010 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. The author's first novel. First state of the paperback printing, with no Pulitzer Prize medal on the cover. This is the story of an old man remembering his impoverished youth in New England, while he lays dying. Published simultaneous in paperback and hardcover editions. The first paperback printing was 3500 copies. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is square and solid. Bookseller Inventory # 004339

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Title: Tinkers

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As Issued without a Dust Jacke

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

About the Author:

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Harding has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

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