Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, is a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son use their suffering and joy to transcend their imprisoning lives. From his death bed, the main character shares his passion for repairing antique clocks, hallucinations and memories to open up a new way of viewing his life.
Tinkers is the first small press novel to win the Pulitzer Prize since John Kennedy O'Toole's posthumous win in 1981 for A Confederacy of Dunces. Harding, who teaches at the University of Iowa, once studied under his now colleague and fellow Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson, author of the novel Gilead.
Finalists in this category were Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin.