Sep 25, 2012 — The traditional mother-daughter dynamic turned on its head for New York Times columnist Alex Witchel in the wake of her mother's struggle with dementia. But Witchel's memoir, despite its raw honesty, fails to provide the depth needed to make it a standout in a trendy genre.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Tinkers by Paul Harding. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 10, 2011 — When poet Rachel Hadas' husband George began showing signs of early-onset dementia, literature became her life line. Not to soothe and console, but to make her sit up, pay attention and re-evaluate her experiences.
Apr 16, 2010 — Paul Harding's publisher, the tiny Bellevue Literary Press, published only a few thousand copies of his first novel, Tinkers. Expectations were low. Then it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Dec 18, 2009 — Granta editor John Freeman picks the year's top five debuts by fiction writers. The list includes three collections of short stories and two novels. Freeman says the era of the splashy debut might be gone, but these authors demonstrate, despite their short publishing histories, that first-time writers can still make a big impression.
Dec 18, 2009 — A dying man remembers his hardscrabble New England childhood in the debut novel from Paul Harding.