"My favorite book of the year was Tin Man. Sparsely written and achingly beautiful... The most powerful take on love, loss and vulnerability I've read in years." --A Cup of Jo
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Tin Man is the written equivalent of lightning in a bottle. During the course of this brief but intense novel, Sarah Winman takes her protagonists Ellis and Michael on a decades-long journey that includes both ecstatic rapture and unfathomable pain. But their emotional journey never comes off as maudlin or cloying; it feels downright transcendent. Winman's poignant message—that experiencing great love means accepting the risk of great hurt—is as bittersweet and perfect as a goodbye kiss.
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This book was detailed in all the right ways and left to the imagination in all the right ways. A melancholy story about love, friendship, and the blurred lines in between, this story is a haunting recollection of the 1980’s for three people, including the a vision of the AIDS crisis from a very specific lens.