Paul Harding On Love And Loss In 'Enon'

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Paul Harding (Credit: Ekko von Schwichow)
Paul Harding (Credit: Ekko von Schwichow)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding's new novel, "Enon," begins with these words:

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...She was 13. My wife, Susan, and I separated soon afterward.

A sharp knife needs no adornment. The blade cuts straight to the bone. Such is the power, too, of Harding's prose. In 2010, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel "Tinkers," a book that told the story of the death and life of New Englander, George Washington Crosby. Now, Harding continues the story of the Crosby family in his sophomore novel.


Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers and Enon.

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Radio Boston, "Paul Harding, of Wenham, recently won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, “Tinkers,” about the final days of an old watch repairer in rural Maine. In [our 2010] interview, Harding remembers his early days as a B-list rock star and poet while acknowledging the impact of the New England landscape on his work."

This segment aired on December 27, 2013.


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