Tin Man; Sarah Winman
GP Putnam - 2018
I decided to read this book after several reviewers mentioned the beautiful writing.
The story begins in the 1950's with Dora Judd in what seems to be a very unhappy marriage to Leonard. Unfulfilled with her life in general, a newly acquired Van Gogh print of "sunflowers" that she claims she won in a raffle, is the one thing that means the world to her.
Ellis and Michael were just 12 years old when they became friends in Oxford, both boys had domineering fathers. What begins as friendships grows into something more but, their lives move in different directions.
Fast forward to 1996 and Ellis is a conflicted man who works at the Crowley car plant, he is now married to Annie and prone to periods of sadness. He often thinks about his boyhood friend Michael. As the story progresses the reader learns what happened to the people who meant the most to Ellis.
Based on the reviews I've come across, I'm probably in the minority here, but I had a hard time finishing this book. Yes, the writing was very good, but often felt too melancholy and over done at times as well. So overall, this one just wasn't for me and left me disappointed.
Rating - 3/5 stars