A Novel

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The new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers

In Enon, Paul Harding has written a powerful, deeply moving and brilliant successor to Tinkers , a debut that John Freeman on NPR called "a masterpiece." Drawn always to the rich landscape of his characters' inner lives, here, through the first-person narrative of Charlie Crosby (grandson to George Crosby of Tinkers ), Harding creates a devastating portrait of a father desperately trying to come to terms with the loss of his beloved thirteen-year-old daughter, killed in an accident. Through a distilled mosaic of memory and fantasy, Crosby struggles through the aftermath of this tragedy, seeking some measure of reconciliation.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443404129
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAR
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jul 27, 2016

Enon is an alluring title for this book, which is just the right size, has a nice cover, good even pages and a catchy beginning. Many sentences were surprising and evocative, such as 'The slightest wind pushed ahead of the weather, eddying over the meadow, lifting dragonflies from the high grass' (page 4) or the last paragraph on p. 216. However there were way too many descriptions, reflections and imaginings breaking up the storyline about an emotionally disturbed youngish man, which could be interesting to a psychologist but it got tedious for me. Some of the sentences were 8 or 9 lines long. I skipped through the middle and found the ending disappointing. This author has great potential and I will read other books by him.

Mar 30, 2014

Very depressing.

ChristchurchLib Oct 21, 2013

"This eloquent examination of paralysing grief comes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers and follows the terrible journey of a father grieving the loss of his 13-year-old daughter. Kate is the light of Charlie Crosby's life; her death unmoors him thoroughly and spins him into a terrifying descent that he seems unable to stop. With the same skillful prose found in Paul Harding's debut, this second novel "raises the bar" for the award-winning author (O, The Oprah Magazine)." Fiction A to Z October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=691547

Sep 27, 2013

I loved the poetic language and flow of Harding's first book, Tinkers. This one is no match for it - the poetic language felt forced and the plot felt very constructed, no flow. I will concede that a father might have a horrible breakdown after his daughter is killed, but this went beyond the beyond. I finally quit (very rare for me) at about page 130 and read the end, which did not convince me to pursue reading. Enon is getting many good reviews but I found it didn't ring true.

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