Then Came the Evening
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Then Came the Evening


A riveting, psychologically rich family drama set in the American West, from a writer who has been compared to Cormac McCarthy.

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 on the road.

Eighteen years later, Bandy is released from prison. His parents are gone, but on the derelict family ranch, Bandy faces a different reunion. Tracy, his now teenaged son, has come to claim the father he’s never known. Iona, Bandy’s ex-wife, has returned on the heels of her son. All three are damaged, hardened, haunted. But warily, desperately, they move in a slow dance around each other, trying to piece back together a family that never was; trying to discover if they belong together at all.

With unflinching honesty and restrained beauty, Brian Hart explores the possibilities and limitations of his characters as they struggle toward a shared future. Like a traditional Greek tragedy, suffused with the mud, ice, and rock of the raw I daho landscape, Then Came the Evening is tautly plotted and emotionally complex—a stunning debut.

Title:Then Came the Evening
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

    Then Came the Evening Reviews

  • Amanda
    Jul 31, 2011

    Despite not being the focal point of the narrative, all of the events in Brian Hart's Then Came the Evening can be traced back to one defining moment: Bandy Dorner enlisted for Vietnam. We never know ...

  • Jamie
    Jan 10, 2011

    Sadly, this was not a story for me. The writing style is good, but I am not a huge fan of the language choices and all the sexual references and the story itself failed to draw me in. I would like to ...

  • Cynthia
    Dec 19, 2009

    Bandy, a young, hot headed Vietnam vet, rages his personal war with himself, his loved ones and anyone else who happens by, some of them even come out of it alive though few are unscathed. Bandy’s g...

  • Djrmel
    Jan 12, 2011

    The opening chapter for this book is a masterstroke of what I think of as "immersion fiction". The reader is dropped into the middle of a big scene with no introduction to the characters or the surrou...

  • Andy Miller
    May 05, 2010

    This was a first novel by Brian Hart about a Vietnam Vet who murders a deputy sheriff in a small Idaho town, goes to prison, is released after serving 19 years to reunite with his son who was born aft...

  • Cindy
    Jan 10, 2011

    I just won this book! Thank you Goodreads! If you want to read an uplifting and feel good book do NOT read this novel. It is a very dark family drama. Upon returning home from Vietnam, Brandy Dorner c...

  • Wisteria Leigh
    Mar 13, 2011

    Bandy Dorner emerges from his wrecked car after being roused awake by two policemen. Searching for focus in a dazed stupor, what happens next will send him away to jail for almost twenty years. His wi...

  • Karen
    Nov 27, 2009

    The two stars is not a reflection of the talent of the writer but rather of the likeability/ relatability of the characters and my general reading experience. The author manages to bring a tenderness ...

  • Chad Sayban
    Mar 02, 2011

    More reviews at The Story Within The StoryBandy Dorner was a hard drinking, hard fighting man when he went to prison for murdering a police officer. Eighteen years later, he is a broken man with deter...

    Oct 21, 2012

    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 on ...