I picked up Tinkers by Paul Harding at the library just days after it was announced as the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. I had not heard anything about this book before, but based on some recommendations I’d seen on Twitter I thought I should check it out.
Alas, I was disappointed.
The writing is good (at times beautiful), but for me there isn’t much of a story to follow and I couldn’t feel anything for any of the characters to get me interested in them. If the book had been any longer (it is only 191 pages in paperback) I don’t know that I would have stayed with it until the end.
It just proves once again that everyone’s taste in books is different, and “vive le difference”.