Tin Man by Sarah Winman, a tender and beautiful story, is heartbreaking and wonderfully moving. At twelve years old, Ellis and Michael become friends. They both have difficult family lives and less than stellar relationships with their fathers. They spend lots of time together having fun and exploring their town outside of London, and then, their close friendship becomes something more.
Ten years later, Ellis is married to Annie and Michael is out of the picture. Ellis is burdened with shame, stemming from his past, his insecurities about who he really is and fear of his father. Author Sarah Winman writes about Ellis and Michael as young boys and as grown men, telling us all that happened in between. It is a complex love story of sorts, really, a life story of two men, their choices and regrets, and also a story of strong women who allow these men to journey toward their own truths by providing love, support, friendship and family. With memories of love and loneliness, these wonderful characters and powerful relationships are captivating, expressive and unforgettable. For me, other compelling and interesting parts of the story include Van Gogh’s painting of The Sunflowers, France during the summer of 1969, and the late 1980’s AIDS epidemic.
Don’t be fooled by the small, diary-size of this novel – author Sarah Winman will have you engrossed in Tin Man; it packs a wonderful and powerful 5-star punch.
About the Author
Sarah Winman (born 1964) is a British actress and author. In 2011 her debut novel When God Was a Rabbit became an international bestseller and won Winman several awards including New Writer of the Year in the Galaxy National Book Awards.