by Paul Harding

In Brief

In the last hours of his life, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of consciousness as he remembers the lives of his father and grandfather. The result is a lovely puzzle of interlocking layers of family and generations.

Why you should read it

Harding's debut won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and came close to claiming the Booker Prize as well. It is a meditation: on time and eternity, on beauty, and on the truth and reality a good story, rich with description, can evoke.

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