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Paul Harding's 'Tinkers' wins Pulitzer

Posted by Steve Greenlee  April 12, 2010 05:06 PM

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tinkers.jpgharding.jpgTalk about starting off on the right foot. Boston-area author Paul Harding won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction yesterday for his debut novel, "Tinkers."

A 192-page story about an old New Englander looking back on his life, the novel wasn't on anybody's radar for Pulitzer consideration. But you can bet readers will be snapping up copies of the book, which is published by Bellevue Literary Press.

Harding, who lives in Georgetown, Mass., with his wife and two sons, has taught writing at Harvard, according to the Bellevue website. He is the former drummer in the rock band Cold Water Flat and started writing "Tinkers" a decade ago while the band was on hiatus, according to the Associated Press. He told the AP that no one called him yesterday to tell him he'd won the Pulitzer; he learned about it by scanning the Pulitzer website.

A Globe review of "Tinkers" in February 2009 called Harding's prose "lyrical," and declared the novel "a poignant exploration of where we may journey when the clock has barely a tick or two left and we really can't go anywhere at all."

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