Paul Harding’s debut work is nothing short of magical, with language that courses powerfully through the novel from beginning to end. In “Tinkers” (Bellevue Literary Press), George Washington Crosby, a dying man, reminisces upon his childhood and the epileptic seizures that struck his traveling salesman father like flashes of lightning. Publishers Weekly says, “The real star is Harding’s language, which dazzles whether he’s 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.” Moving and tragic, “Tinkers” tells the story of a man who is reunited with his father through memory and travels figuratively through the hardships of his life mere moments before he passes away. The Boston Globe says, “Harding’s interest is in the universalities: nature and time and the murky character of memory”:
The small, important recollections are rendered with an exactitude that is poetic…”Tinkers” is a poignant exploration of where we may journey when the clock has barely a tick or two left and we really can’t go anywhere at all.