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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.

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