A New England dad loses his daughter in a car crash, then loses his wife in the wake of the tragedy, then loses what would be colloquially called his s—. Harding is a superb stylist — he won the Pulitzer for his debut novel, Tinkers, about the same family — but grief is such an overharvested field, especially post-9/11, that the first 100 pages are more stately than stunning. (The title, Enon, a biblical reference as well as none backward, seems precious, but maybe I’m too easily annoyed?) Keep reading, though: The second half finds our antihero in a shame spiral so wild and riveting it’s practically an aria. B+
GOOD GRIEF Author Paul Harding revisits the same family from his debut novel Tinkers, exploring the tragedy that befalls the father
Genre: Fiction; Author: Paul Harding; Publisher: Random House
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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