Enon by Paul Harding
A Novel

75%

11 Critic Reviews

...this bittersweet book does not only portray bleakness but beauty, too, powerfully urging us to "carpe diem", to seize whatever we might have left of the day.
-Guardian

Synopsis

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal • American Library Association • Kirkus Reviews

A stunning allegorical novel about one man’s enduring love for his daughter

In Enon, Paul 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 “a contemporary master and one of our most important writers” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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“Harding conveys the common but powerful bond of parental love with devastating accuracy. . . . [He] is a major voice in American fiction.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Paul Harding’s novel Tinkers won the Pulitzer Prize; its stunning successor, Enon, only raises the bar.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Extraordinary . . . a darkly intoxicating read . . . [Harding’s] prose is steeped in a visionary, transcendentalist tradition that echoes Blake, Rilke, Emerson, and Thoreau.”—The New Yorker
 
“So wild and riveting it’s practically an aria . . . Harding is a superb stylist.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“[Charlie’s grief], shaped by a gifted writer’s caressing attention, can bring about moments of what Charlie calls ‘brokenhearted joy.’”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Astonishing . . . a work of fiction that feels authentic as memoir.”—Financial Times
 
“Read Enon to live longer in the harsh, gorgeous atmosphere that Paul Harding has created.”—San Francisco Chronicle


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About Paul Harding

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PAUL HARDING is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His second novel, Enon, will be published by Random House in 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA and has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College.












Author Residence: Georgetown, Massachusetts - outside Boston












Author Hometown: Wenham, Massachusetts
 
Published September 10, 2013 by Random House. 257 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Enon
All: 11 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 19 2013

Beautifully turned: Harding has defogged his style a bit and gained a stronger emotional impact from it.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Slouka on Sep 20 2013

“Mercy, mercy me; this is sad,” Charlie gasps, exhorting himself to snap out of it and get his act together. And so he does, surfacing to a realization that suggests the heartbreaking novel of a father’s grief that “Enon” might have been.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Sep 06 2014

...this bittersweet book does not only portray bleakness but beauty, too, powerfully urging us to "carpe diem", to seize whatever we might have left of the day.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Leo Robson on Sep 26 2013

Raw anguish becomes reassuring adjective...with an effect on the reader no less dulling than those of Charlie's painkillers and muscle relaxants.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Frances Perraudin on Sep 21 2013

Harding's prose is perfect – simple, sharp and creative – but the harsh subject matter and intense focus make Enon a tough read...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 08 2013

Offering an elegiac portrait of a severed family and the town of Enon itself, Harding’s second novel again proves he’s a contemporary master and one of our most important writers.

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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca Abrams on Sep 06 2013

Harding is an extraordinary writer, for the intoxicating power of his prose, the range of his imagination, and above all for the redemptive humanity of his vision. With painstaking brilliance, Enon charts one man’s attempt to salvage meaning from meaningless tragedy.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Brigitte Frase on Sep 07 2013

The novel pulls back from the brink of madness, ending with Charlie’s return to a more ordinary grief. But it does so with unsatisfying abruptness, through a deus ex machina in the form of a no-nonsense neighbor.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Jason Beerman on Oct 22 2013

Harding’s prose never flinches, never fails as Charlie descends a notch at a time into his own desperate, drug- and alcohol-fuelled destruction.

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The Economist

Below average
on Sep 21 2013

As with “Tinkers”, the language of “Enon” glimmers without feeling precious. Mr Harding writes of the way the ocean fog “poured across fairways…salting everything in a cold mist”, and of the “liquid, silvery” phrase of birdsong, “so limpid it seemed without a source”.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on Sep 16 2013

Harding’s patchwork of quotidian events amid piercing emotional devastation is the ideal descendant of another classic portrait of New England life: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.

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