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Then Came the Evening: A Novel

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Brian Hart

Starred Review. Hart's accomplished debut follows Vietnam vet Bandy Dorner, who wakes up from a drunken bender to discover the cabin he shared with his pregnant wife, Iona, has burned to the ground and she is believed to have died in the fire. After … see full wiki

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Author: Brian Hart
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
2 reviews about Then Came the Evening: A Novel
review by . March 28, 2010
This dark family drama is a riveting read I found hard to put down. The bleak landscape, so well-drawn, provides the perfect backdrop for the story of Bandy, Tracy, and Iona. Reading this book, I couldn't help but reflect on how if put me in mind of No Country for Old Men- it has that same deftly rendered cinematic feel to the background. I was surprised by how invested I felt in these characters, whose lives are far outside my realm of experience. I was sorry when the book ended, because despite …
review by . December 29, 2009
Caveat: Before you start this novel, clear some time on your calendar. It's not a long novel at 260 pages, and I don't think the author intended it as a page-turner, necessarily. But this prose is so fluid (albeit dark and gritty) you will find yourself lost in it for hours.    For those of you who love tight literary fiction that offers a clear window into man's unguarded soul, Hart's debut novel will be one that will linger in your mind long after you finish the final page. …
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