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Paul Harding has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2000) and was a 20002001 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA.

 He has published short stories in Shakepainter and The Harvard Review. Paul currently teaches creative writing at Harvard. His first novel, Tinkers, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
New Books
January 2023

This Other Eden
   Tinkers (2009)
   Enon (2013)
   This Other Eden (2023)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2010) : Tinkers

Paul Harding recommends
The House of Impossible Beauties (2018)
Joseph Cassara
"A marvelously serious, deep, artful, humane read. I'm really knocked out by this...[Cassara] managed to put actual, living, breathing human beings on the page....There's so much downright gorgeous prose here, so many beautifully and precisely observed images, subjects, emotions. Beautiful because true.'"
A Place for Us (2018)
Fatima Farheen Mirza
"‘Fatima Farheen Mirza’s A Place For Us is a work of extraordinary and enthralling beauty. It is so deeply imagined, so intimately attentive to and solicitous of the lives it follows, so artful in describing the inseparable human experiences of pride and resentment, humility and loyalty -- and, most of all, love – that it feels not as if we are reading a novel about this Indian Muslim family struggling with tradition and a new culture, but as if we become actual members of the family. It is that immersive, that brilliant, that true."
The Study of Animal Languages (2019)
Lindsay Stern
"Artful and astute, funny and unnerving, The Study of Animal Languages brilliantly captures how easily we can mistake our impressions of the world, and the models we make of them, for the world itself. A knockout."
Such a Fun Age (2019)
Kiley Reid
"Gripping, substantive, complicated, compelling, and just plain true. . . . These characters laid claim to me, and their stories became important to me in the way art does that to its readers, viewers, listeners. . . . Such a fantastic, serious, and, I should say, fun read."
Please See Us (2020)
Caitlin Mullen
"Please See Us is so good I don't even know where to start - it's brilliant and it's dark; it's heartbreaking and it's defiant; it's a riveting thriller and it's a literary gem. Here are true, beautiful portraits of girls and women whose lives might well otherwise pass by without notice, without proper human value. Caitlin Mullen brings us those lives magnificently- with subtlety, compassion, and utter dignity. This book is a stunner."
The World Gives Way (2021)
Marissa Levien
"The World Gives Way pulls off the seemingly impossible, giving readers a science fiction epic, a crime thriller, an existential consideration of human mortality and the meanings of life, and a profound meditation on love – all in one supernova of a debut novel."
The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. (2022)
Lee Kravetz
"It would be easy, too easy perhaps, to see The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. as a spiritual sequel to Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, but Lee Kravetz's novel is very much its own thing, an audacious imagining that will have readers greedy to learn more about Plath and her literary cohort."

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