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Then Came the Evening (Hardcover)

Author:  Brian Hart
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1608190145
ISBN-13: 9781608190140
Sku: 211436051
Publish Date: 12/22/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 0.5T
Pages:  262
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Eighteen years after Vietnam veteran Bandy Dorner went to prison for a violent crime, he is finally released and is soon visited by the wife who cheated on him and his teenage son, prompting the three of them to try to piece back together a family that never was.Eighteen years after Vietnam veteran Bandy Dorner went to prison for a violent crime, he is finally released and is soon visited by the wife who cheated on him and his teenage son, prompting the three of them to try to piece back together a family that never was.
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In Brian Hart's startlingly mature debut, the entire life of a Vietnam veteran named Bandy Dorner pivots around one night of drunken rage which happened 18 years ago. The death of a childhood friend ignites Dorner's frustration into wrath, and he embarks on a frenzied bender. By the time the alcoholic fog finally lifts, Dorner realizes that his cabin has burnt to the ground, his truck is wrecked, his pregnant wife has left him, and he has killed a police officer. After serving his time, Dorner finds that his teenage son wants to start a life together with the father he never knew. Dorner's wife soon joins the fray, and the family of strangers struggles to find their way in a world which none of them is properly equipped to handle. Hart grew up in the bleak Idaho landscape he vividly evokes, and worked as a janitor and a welder before winning the $50,000 Keene Prize, the world's largest literary prize for students, from the University of Texas.

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"[A] brilliant depiction of family....The rugged Idaho backdrop adds sometimes stark, sometimes beautiful counterpoints to the stripped-to-the-bone narrative. Most impressive is Hart's ability to conjure rich and conflicted characters; his handling of the material is sublime." (starred review) 09/21/2009

"Hart's evocative debut traces the long descent of a tragic Western figure straight out of a Sam Shepherd play....Desiccated descriptions of a long-fallow landscape and the author's ability to conjure up the ghosts of a low man's past further enrich this heartbreaking, convincing drama." 11/01/2009

"[A] quietly exceptional debut novel...." 01/18/2010

"All the elements are in place for an inspirational, heartland-America redemption story, but Hart taps into his characters' fears with gritty lyricism and noirish repartee that subvert any feel-good temptations." - Jan Stuart 03/14/2010

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