Enon - Paul Harding

Enon

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The second beautiful, poetic novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers.

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.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

Grief is such a rich seam. No wonder writers cannot resist visiting it. And yet it is fraught with clichés and sentiment. Not here, though. This marvelously economical book avoids the pitfalls thanks to writing that is both refined and truthful.

When Charlie Crosby loses his beloved thirteen year old daughter Kate in an accident, he is paralysed by loss. His marriage crumbles and he finds himself alone in the small town of Enon, Maine, where his family have lived for generations. Flooded with memories, he loses himself physically in intoxication and solitude, holding his pain close.

Harding's elegiac, tender prose captures the closeness between Charlie and Kate, their easy companionship and shared rituals together with some wonderfully drawn local characters - cemetery caretaker Aloysius Shank and grandfather clock owner Mrs Hale make two memorable cameos.

About the Author

Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College.