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After his release, he returns to his home and a son he never knew he had. Also an ex-wife who is damaged and dealing with her past. This violent and tragic story is a memorable debut by Brian Hart. View all 3 comments. 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 wife Iona, having fled with her lover Bill has no interest in Bandy, and his life in prison is hellish.
He has not heard from Iona and he has asked his parents not to visit. Then in as he is near the end of his time served he receives a letter from Iona, with a startling confession that he has an Bandy Dorner emerges from his wrecked car after being roused awake by two policemen. Then in as he is near the end of his time served he receives a letter from Iona, with a startling confession that he has an eighteen year old son, Tracy.
Naturally, Tracy wants to meet his father, and they meet while he is in prison. When Tracy arrives at the house it is a gutted run down shell. The entire contents, everything including plumbing, ripped and carried away. After he has a serious accident while renovating the cabin, Iona runs to her son with a parental panic of foreboding deep in her gut.
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They begin to sort out their feelings and whether they will ever live as a family. Their future and potential for forgiveness and hope for unity is what makes this story so good. Tracy tries to strike a balance as he wants a relationship with both parents. Brian Hart is a talented writer, a first time novelist who grabs the reader from the first chapter.
His writing describes each scene with careful attention to details using poetic prose providing visual clarity. He blinked several times at the thin halos surrounding the moon but they remained. They were an illusion: a snowball dropped in black water, ripples spreading from it. The house was dark and looked abandoned.
The snow was blue on the road. The cold and the silence were woven together and stretched so tightly that there were creaking sounds in the air, nautical sounds of binding rope. The night air washed over him and he was not sad or conscious of his body and its weight: He was free. The shadow of the ladder to the sleeping loft made bars on the floor, a skewed rail track on the wall. Then the sun went and in an instant the room felt cold.
It exposes a fragile family with difficult choices and unstoppable consequences. I embrace Then Came the Evening:an unforgettable read. This review represents my candid opinion without influence or monetary compensation. Nov 27, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: first-reads. The author manages to bring a tenderness to this book that is simultaneously unexpected and appropriate. I think this takes real talent. I just wish the characters were a little more relatable. Basic plot: Very rural Idaho.
Early s. Turns out the girlfriend is pregnant with his child and wasn't actually in the fire. In fact, she was leaving him for another man, Bill. Flash forward about 18 years. Tracy, the son, visits Bandy in jail. As the only other living relative of the family, Tracy wants to go back to the family farm to live. Bandy gives him permission and Tracy goes there to fix it up.
It's very primitive. He has an accident that is the author's excuse for his mother to return to the farm. The stage is set for Bandy to return to the house with his ex-girlfriend and son in residence after getting out of prison. Bandy is beyond damaged, is dying of hepatitis C, and is just generally an unlikeable human being.
The mother is not terribly sympathetic; her motivations though fairly clear are, I don't know, boring and whiny. The son is not all that believable. The son and mother had lived with Bill for the previous odd years until he died of some unknown cause that created lots of medical bills. Seemed strange.
I don't particularly recommend this book. I found nothing to relate to in it. However, the writer is obviously quite talented. I hope he doesn't spend his whole career on these types of characters, though I have a feeling he will. Mar 02, Chad Sayban rated it liked it. More reviews at The Story Within The Story Bandy Dorner was a hard drinking, hard fighting man when he went to prison for murdering a police officer.
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Eighteen years later, he is a broken man with deteriorating health. Now as he is about to be released, he finds out he has a teenage son, Tracy, who wants to discover who his father is. Brian Hart tells the story with a gritty, edgy voice which lends credibility to the harsh Idaho backcountry where clashes between new and old are frequent and sometimes violent. Not everything in Then Came the Evening works well.
At times the dialog is stilted. Some of the descriptions become ponderous as Hart veers off course attempting to highlight a point. However, he writes with a certain patience that is refreshing. Rather than beat you over the head with turmoil, he allows the strain of their tragic lives to boil up slowly.
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As a character-driven novel, it took some time for the characters to actually come alive, but I found that the story really hit its stride in the second half of the book. In the end I found it to be a quite enjoyable book and a worthy read from a first-time author who should be watched for in the future. 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.
All three a 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. Dollycas's Thoughts I picked up this book for its setting. I was pleasantly surprised by this solid debut. These characters are broken and raw. Damaged by the circumstances of their lives and poor decisions they make their way back to the homestead in rural Idaho.
Brandy from prison, Tracy wanted more out of his life, and Iona because her son needed her and frankly there was nothing in her life away she couldn't leave behind. The story is dark and gritty and a bit intense in places. It is very well written. Never having been to Idaho the author took me there with his vivid descriptions. When I think of Idaho I think beautiful and serene.