Things do change, however! And this particular thing was Tinkers by Paul Harding...
I'll admit I had pretty high hopes for this one, seeing as it was a Pulitzer Prize winner. I have been disappointed in the past. I didn't particularly like The Road or Olive Kitteredge, for instance. Soooo... I guess I should've known better.
Synopsis from GoodReads:
"An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature."
This book is very short at a mere 191 pages but I could only get to page 62. Basically all that happened was an old man was hallucinating. I don't want to sound heartless, but it was pretty boring. It felt like a chore to read, so why should I waste time when there are so many better books I know I could be reading and enjoying? I really feel like the author could make an interesting story, "story" being the big key word here. He writes well, but there was absolutely no plot, no storyline, only pointless descriptions about things going on for whole pages. None of the characters were interesting to me.
This definitely was not for me, and I can not think of anyone I would recommend it to. Perhaps if I later hear that it actually gets better at page 63 I'll pick it back up. In the meantime I'm movin on!