Tin Man: A Novel (Hardcover)
Ellis is an Oxford working class 45-yr-old widower, who gave up his dream as an artist to work in a metal shop. We follow his life as a young man, his close relationship to Michael and subsequent romance with his future wife, leading to a life-changing decision. Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, this tin man doesn’t think he has a heart, but he does. A sweet read.— From Robin's Picks
May 2018 Indie Next List
“Michael loves Ellis, Ellis loves Annie, and Annie loves them both. Yet Sarah Winman's blistering novel Tin Man is anything but the usual love triangle. Instead, Winman asks us to consider what remains of love after its object is gone. She crowds this spare little book, set in London, Oxford, and the south of France, with vivid portraits of loss and mourning. At once terse and expansive, Tin Man is a firework flashing in the night - gone too soon but burned forever into the reader's memory.”
— David Enyeart, Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN
"This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once."--Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time
From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man.
This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.
Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?
With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
About the Author
Sarah Winman is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award
Praise for Tin Man
“The most therapeutic emotional journey of the year.”—EW.com
“Half love story and half identity quest, Sarah Winman's Tin Man is 100 percent beautiful. It's the perfect book to completely drag you out of your own personal reality and into someone else's for a little while, and you'll find yourself reading it again and again.”—PopSugar
“A love story that will break your heart... You'll devour all 213 pages of Tin Man in one sitting, then wish for 213 more.”—HelloGiggles
"Plan to read it twice: first for the story, then to savor the beauty of the poetic symbolism threaded throughout the sparsely crafted prose."—Shelf Awareness
“Laced with tenderness and kindness, Winman's latest novel is the story of three people and their lives of love, beauty and roads untaken.... Rich in emotion and proves that great things do come in small packages.”—BookPage
“Affecting... [A] universalized fable of love and loss.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Complex characterization and emotional astonishments... These are real people, in all their anxieties and quirks, their good intentions and their unfortunate choices, just as we all are. And all this is an impressive accomplisment, even for a novelist who already seemed to know the truth about humanity by heart and could spill it onto the page with ease."—The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"A spare, physically small novel that feels epic... The book is filled, like brush strokes on canvas, with the quiet moments of kindness and true friendship that make up a life."—Winnipeg Free Press
“[An] achingly beautiful novel about love and friendship...Without sentimentality or melodrama, Winman stirringly depicts how people either interfere with or allow themselves and others to follow their hearts.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Strong characters, settings, and ambiance mark Winman's unique and uniquely affecting story of love's varieties, phases, and ability to bend time.”—Booklist
“This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once.”—Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time
“Each spare sentence as delicate as a brushstroke; combined they paint a vibrant, emotional work that will leave you enthralled. I was deeply moved.”—Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus
“A beautiful book—pared back and unsentimental, assured, full of warmth, and told with a kind of tenderness that makes you ache.”—Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
“Heart-breaking and heart-making.”—Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me
“It's exquisite. There are stories you just feel privileged to read. Sarah's writing breaks you and heals you, all in the same moment, and I haven't been so moved, and so in love with a book and its characters in a very long time.”—Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
“Tin Man is Winman's best novel yet. The playful subversiveness still bubbles away but there's a new candor there, an acceptance of needs and flaws that proves deeply touching. This is storytelling as cruelly kind as fate itself.”—Patrick Gale, author of A Place Called Winter
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