Eventide

Eventide

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best-seller from coast to coast—and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

When the McPheron brothers see Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they’d taken in, move from their ranch to begin college, an emptiness opens before them—and for many other townspeople it also promises to be a long, hard winter. A young boy living alone with his grandfather helps out a neighbor whose husband, off in Alaska, suddenly isn’t coming home, leaving her to raise their two daughters. At school the children of a disabled couple suffer indignities that their parents know all too well in their own lives, with only a social worker to look after them and a violent relative to endanger them further. But in a small town a great many people encounter one another frequently, often surprisingly, and destinies soon become entwined—for good and for ill—as they confront events that sorely test the limits of their resilience and means, with no refuge available except what their own character and that of others afford them.

Spring eventually does reach across the land, and how the people of Eventide get there makes for an engrossing, profoundly moving novel rich in the wisdom, humor, and humanity for which Kent Haruf is justly acclaimed.

Baker & Taylor
A novel of small-town life in the high plains region around Holt, Colorado, follows the challenges, emotional upheaval, tragedies, and intertwined destinies of the local inhabitants as they cope with the changes they encounter.

Blackwell North Amer
When the McPheron brothers see Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they'd taken in, move from their ranch to begin college, an emptiness opens before them - and for many other townspeople it also promises to be a long, hard winter. A young boy living alone with his grandfather helps out a neighbor whose husband, off in Alaska, suddenly isn't coming home, leaving her to raise their two daughters. At school the children of a disabled couple suffer indignities that their parents know all too well in their own lives, with only a social worker to look after them and a violent relative to endanger them further. But in a small town a great many people encounter one another frequently, often surprisingly, and destinies soon become entwined - for good and for ill - as they confront events that sorely test the limits of their resilience and means, with no refuge available except what their own character and that of others afford them.

Baker
& Taylor

Returing to the high plains region around Holt, Colorado, an evocative, profoundly moving novel of small-town life follows the challenges, emotional upheaval, tragedies, struggles, and intertwined destinies of the local inhabitants as they cope with the changes they encounter. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375411588
0375411585
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARUF
FICTION HARUF
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 25 cm

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PamBurtonW
Oct 01, 2017

This author turns ignorant small town folks into humans we can understand. If this was the first book by Haruf I had read I wouldn't have continued reading after the first chapter, as the subject matter seemed small and boring, although the writing was good. It got more interesting as the story unfolded. Having read about Victoria in an earlier book, it was interesting to see what happened there. After the tragic accident it was surprising how Raymond's life changed. For urban readers: this is a one view of small town and country life.

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cherstaite
May 16, 2017

This was a perfect continuation of Plainsong. I really enjoyed it.

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haileyj
Jan 29, 2016

I enjoyed this sequel to Plainsong very much. Mr. Haruf's writing is plain, simple and not too word-y. The plot moves along at a good pace to a comfortable/satisfactory conclusion. The characters are well developed and will remain in my memory for some time.

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ownedbydoxies
Nov 27, 2015

This is the follow-up to Plainsong, both of which are absolutely enthralling reads. I loved each book so much that I'll have to go buy a copy of each. Mr. Haruf had a simple, but very powerful, way of writing his stories. He doesn't preach, doesn't hit you over the head with morals or opinions, but treats all his characters, good bad and indifferent, with respect and compassion. His was a rare talent.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

There is an elegant simplicity and beauty in the writing of Kent Haruf. When his characters are happy, the reader rejoices; when they face misfortune, the reader shares their sadness. Few writers can evoke that response in this reader. Eventide is a worthy successor to the award-winning Plainsong. If you have not done so, read Plainsong first. Then you won't need any urging to read Eventide!

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Citizenofthecosmos
May 13, 2014

I'd seen Kent Haruf's books on the NY Times bestseller list over the decades so when I saw a copy of his most recent book, Benediction, on the library shelf I decided to give it a try.

After finishing it, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Plainsong and Eventide!

This trilogy of his is moving, haunting, and hopeful. It is a testament to the human spirit and all that is good in "ordinary people" living "ordinary lives".

Haruf's setting of Holt, Colorado, and the interplay among his characters reminds me a little of Wendell Berry's novels set in the town of Port William Kentucky, which I also love.

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lucky38
Aug 10, 2013

This book is a wonderful read. So sad at times I wanted to reach out and give a helping hand. And then there is joy and heart filling moments. I will indeed be reading Plainsong!

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maple126
Oct 02, 2011

I loved this book. If you like this one you must read 'Plainsong' by the same author. The characters are so real you can almost hear them breathing.

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