Here's the publisher's description of the book:
An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.No one on the RTG committee has read it, but it is now on our list of titles to consider. The trouble is, most library book distributors are out of stock, and the publisher is rushing additional copies into print, thus, it may be a while before we can read it! If you've read it, we welcome your opinion, especially about its "discussability."