Enon 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… Enon 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… 2013-09-10 Fiction Random House
Book Review

Enon (2013)

GOOD GRIEF Author Paul Harding revisits the same family from his debut novel Tinkers , exploring the tragedy that befalls the father
GOOD GRIEF Author Paul Harding revisits the same family from his debut novel Tinkers, exploring the tragedy that befalls the father
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 10, 2013; Writer: Paul Harding; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Random House

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+

Originally posted Sep 04, 2013 Published in issue #1276 Sep 13, 2013 Order article reprints
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