This book had a significant influence on me, because of its dizzying, tender outlook on life and relationships, wrapped up in poetic prose. The novel is an unbearably human exploration of friends and lovers Ellis, Michael, and Annie as they navigate their messy lives, growing together and apart through the years. Tin Man is important because it teaches us an unavoidable set of lessons; that the search for happiness is a circle, not a line, that sometimes simplicity can be the most beautiful state of them all, and that love (in all of its glory, against all the odds) can always be found in your pocket.