Then Came the Evening by Brian Hart
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Bandy Dorner, home from Vietnam, awakes with his car mired in a canal, his cabin reduced to ashes, and his pregnant wife preparing to leave town with her lover. Within moments, a cop lies bleeding in the road.

Eighteen years later, Bandy's son -- a stranger bearing his name -- returns to the town, where the memory of his father's crime still hangs thick. When an accident brings the family -- paroled father, widowed mother, injured son -- back together, the three must confront their past, and struggle against their fate.

Like a traditional Greek tragedy, suffused with the mud, ice, and rock of the raw Idaho landscape, Then Came the Evening is tautly plotted and emotionally complex -- a stunning debut.

About Brian Hart

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Born in Idaho, Brian Hart spent years working as a janitor, carpenter, welder, commercial fisherman, and framer of elevator shafts before earning his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the winner of the 2005 Keene Prize, the largest student prize for literature.
Published July 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oregon Live

"Grim" is a term that could very well come to mind at the end of Brian Hart's first novel, "Then Came the Evening."

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