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Hailed As A Masterpiece, Tinkers, Paul Harding S Pulitzer Prize Winningdebut, 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. Charlie Crosby was walking in the woods when his adored daughter Kate was hit by a car and killed while bicycling home from the beach In short order, he suffers an additional loss and Charlie descends into a year long alcohol and drug fueled stupor of grief and anguish I was always restless and ill at ease, running too hot But Kate gave my life joy I loved her totally and while I loved her, the world was love Once she was gone, the world seemed to prove nothing than ruins and the smoldering dreams of monsters That s it Not much happens in this novel No likable characters Not many characters at all except Kate, who appears in flashbacks and in Charlie s increasingly bizarre hallucinations, and Enon, the small New England town where Charlie grew up and to which he is attached as he has been to little else except his daughter Charlie wanders the meadows and hills around Enon, spends time at his daughter s grave, and makes occasional forays out to buy or steal drugs With the exception of the lasagna bearing woman whose car hit Kate and who is quickly driven off, no friend or neighbor in this little town looks in on Charlie or makes any attempt to help him Enon is not a conventional novel about overcoming grief with a little help from one s friends It is a searing, unspar I made an enormous tactical error in reading reviews by other people on this site prior to writing this one, because I am confronted here by people who didn t like this book because they wanted something to happen, because it s too inward looking, because it s very confusing Well if you are looking for a short novel in which things happen, in which the central character isn t too inward looking, and which isn t confusing, then you should pass this book by and continue your search elsewhere There are, after all, millions of other books out there, and coming by the day.But if you want a steady handed exploration of profound and heart wrenching grief, written by someone who has thought through details of suffering and heartache unlike anyone before now if you are looking for writing that will move you and make you think about the fragility of our lives, and how each and every day we spend with the people we love is a treasure beyond price then I can safely rec I didn t do it on purpose but having read Julian Barnes Levels of Life right before this, it was as if I had a primer on grief as background for this novel Enon also reinforced the idea I had from the Julian Barnes book about the use of metaphors as perhaps the only way to describe feelings and emotions.Harding s descriptions of what his first person narrator sees go beyond the norm His character sees into the very core of things, and there are quite a few objects that are symbolic of this When he sees into the past of his town, I was reminded of Erpenbeck s Visitation.As expected of the writer of Tinkers, the writing is extraordinary Though the prose is straightforward here than with his first novel, there are still long lovely lyrical sentences, especially past page 80 or so His imagined scenarios are breathtaking Some of the surreal passages reminded me, be This novel,Enon written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Paul Harding, is tragic in the purest sense of the word but out of tragedy often comes redemption and that is truly the case with this story Charlie Crosby is a man who seems to try hard in life but never seems to really get anywhere After dropping out of college, Charlie returned to his hometown of Enon a small New England town Charlie marries Susan, a girl from Minnesota whom he met while attending college and they have a daughter named Kate You get the sense, from the very beginning, that Charlie is completely in awe of and in love with his daughter She seems to represent to Charlie the one thing in his life that he got right.Charlie set out from the very beginning of Kate s life to instill in her a sense of the history of their town and their own personal family history The two went on long walks exploring the town, rode bicycles and when Charlie had insomnia, Kate would often sit up with him watching Red Sox games late into the night The summer before Kate was to begin high school, tragedy struck and Kate was killed This story Charlie s story and in many ways, Kate s story is one that explores the depths of Charlie s grief and despair and ultimately how he managed to pull himself out of those depths and find some peace of mind and acceptance.This is a very difficu What does a man do when the sun goes out of his life, when personal loss undoes his world and his self He is literally thrown out of his normal existence by grief, living in a demi monde of past and present, history and pre history, fact and fairy tale, wishes and lies Charlie Crosby lives that horror in the pages of Enon and Enon is the New England village where Crosbys have lived for two centuries while the area itself has a four hundred year history of settlement And Charlie ruminates on so much of this in his despair, his anger, his wistfulness, his dreaming, his virtual fever dream.This is both a beautiful and difficult book There are scenes that made me gasp at their beauty and others that were so huge and convoluted and spectacularly weird that I wasn t sure I was reading them correctly But that was the despairing mind inventing a tolerable world.There are links to the world of Tinkers throughout this story both through Charlie and the ongoing subject of time and clocks The yard seemed timeless, and it struck me that the wind moving the trees and the grass and the clouds was what usually gave the sense that time was still moving, that the world was still mo This is a tough book to recommend, though it could very well be the best book of the year I think this is a better book than Tinkers, and that Paul Harding deserves to win the Pulitzer Prize again for Enon.This book will gut you, take you into some very dark and terrifying places At its core, this it a book about grief unraveling a man to the point of near madness At the same time, this book will dazzle you with exquisite, pure imagery and language, and it will crack open your heart to Elegant Devastation Most men in my family make widows of their wives and orphans of their children I am the exception My only child, Kate, was struck and killed by a car while riding her bicycle home from the beach one afternoon in September, a year ago She was thirteen My wife, Susan, and I separated soon afterward. An elegant and devastating opening As prelude to the account of a man almost throwing away his life out of grief for his dead daughter, it is magnificent But I have two problems with the book that follows The devastation is sordid and unbearable And the incongruous elegance with which it is described only makes matters worse.As you would expect from his Pulitzer Prizewinning debut novel Tinkers, Paul Harding writes beautifully here too He writes exquisitely, poetically, with conscious craft But is that necessarily a good thing The description of the day his daughter died reads like the kind of prose poem a high school teacher would praise, but a good editor would surely excise In a dozen lines, we get milkweed and goldenrod, silver and purple rain clouds, dragonflies lifting off the meadow, I was blown away by this masterful plumbing of the purgatory of despair A housepainter in a rural town in Massachusetts loses his 13 year old daughter Kate to a car accident while she was biking His wife leaves to visit her family and never comes back Charlie Crosby slowly works his way through his own version of the stages of grief, which felt to me like a timeless heroic quest to solve the riddle of life.Why would anyone want to accompany this man in this painful journey I would have to answer that the loss of a loved one is universal and that if we are going to keep flying without our wings melting we could benefit from Harding s attempt to express an algebra to make sense of it all The immolation of emotion brings forth an incandescent language to temper the blade of Charlie s soul At no point in his experience portrayed did I feel he engaged in what is often negatively labeled as wallowing in self pity Most people are aware that the stages of grief have been analyzed and mapped by Kubler Ross I think there is a bit of distancing from the illusory comfort of this science I find myself Holy run on sentences, Batman This book was not for me I found it boring and long winded I got really tired of hearing about all the false worlds Charlie built up in his head after his daughter s death I couldn t even read the book after awhile I skimmed through huge sections whenever he started rambling about Kate, which is all he ever did I was looking for something to happen I m not joking about the run on sentences, either Reading the Kindle version, a single sentence could span multiple pag