Tin Man Sarah Winman Tinder Press, $29.99 Won in a pub raffle, a reproduction of van Gogh’s Sunflowers provides solace for Dora in her loveless marriage. Her other joy is her boy, Ellis, sensitive, artistic, always with a sketchpad in hand. When he meets Michael, sent to live with his grandmother, they become inseparable. Dora teaches them that boys need not grow into sullen brutes inured to beauty. When she dies, Ellis’s father thwarts his artistic ambition and son follows father into the car factory. Told through flashbacks, an older Ellis, numb with grief and working the night shift, comes to terms with catastrophic loss, remembering his intimacy with Michael and what happens when his love Annie enters their lives. Winman is a wonderful writer, and this is an utterly beautiful, tender book about love and friendship, and what matters.