Wondrous Words Wednesday: Craquelure from Tinkers

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by Bermudaonion, is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

Here's my WWW, today! From the context of the sentence, I could figured the definition but it was still a new word for me.

craquelure (n) -- the network of fine cracks found on the surface of some oil paintings, caused primarily by the shrinkage of aging paint, varnish, and ground.

"So buy the gold, warm it up with your skin, slip it onto your lap when you are sitting by the fire and all you will otherwise have to look at is your splintery husband gumming chew or the craquelure of your own chapped hands."  -- Tinkers by Paul Harding

 

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Read Tinkers and fall under Paul Harding's spell

An intricate book, not for the light-hearted reader, but worth reading and re-reading. The language, imagery, concepts and perspective melt into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of story that carries you along like a leaf on the winter-fed spring stream. As an author whose first two novels were lovingly lanched by a small press, three cheers to the Pulitzer committee for choosing Tinkers and a small press.