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ENONBy Paul Harding
Harding's second novel mines similar territory and, similarly, captures
lightning. Charlie Crosby is the grandson of George Crosby from
Tinkers. He has suffered the tragedy of Kate, his young daughter, dying
when her bicycle is struck by a distracted mom chauffering her own children.
Charlie knows he is sinking into oblivion but he is too filled with despair to
The year following his daughter's death is a portrait of relentless grief. No
matter where his mind may wander -- remembering times spent with his beloved
grandfather or adored daughter -- Charlie always comes crashing back to the
realization that Kate is gone. Not even the painkillers and booze keep that
knowledge at bay for long.
There is a quietness in Harding's beautiful prose that permeates this study
of a New Englander who loves his hometown nearly as much as he loves his
daughter. That quietness, that underlying awareness that knowledge and strength
can come to those who persevere, help turn this portrait of sorrow into one of
the fullness of life.
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