I was totally drawn in by the prologue. In Oxford, England, a woman defies her husband when she wins a local raffle by choosing not what he desires, whisky, but a reproduction of Van Gosh’s Sunflowers. It was the first time she had ever crossed him.
“TIN MAN is a story about alternate lives. Lives that might have been lived had circumstances been different.”
This beautifully crafted love triangle begins in 1950 with the friendship of two twelve-year-old boys, Ellis and Michael, in Oxford, England. Their friendship becomes something more…
Ten years later we find Ellis has married a young woman named Anna. And where is Michael? Told in two voices, Ellis’s and Michael’s, TIN MAN is a powerful and yet quiet observation of three lives. The story is beautifully crafted and shows kindness, love, loss, and cruelty pretty much in equal parts.
TIN MAN is a very quick read. Not just because it’s such a tiny book, but because you find yourself becoming more and more involved with the characters and are compelled to know what happened. The book is a mere 211 pages. Not many women writers can write in the voices of men convincingly. Winman does it and does it well.
My review copy of TIN MAN by Sarah Winman arrived from Putnam, a division of Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. It’s simply and quietly superb.