PHENOMENAL DEBUT: This is the debut of a talented young writer in the vein of Richard Ford, Andre Dubus, and Cormac McCarthy. It will also appeal to admirers of the recent American Rust. TIMELESS FAMILY CONFLICT: Then Came the Evening is a strong story of dysfunctional family dynamics; the author is uncompromising in being true to the fates of his characters.
Brian Hart was born in Idaho. He spent years working as a janitor, carpenter, welder, and commercial fisherman before earning his M.F.A. 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 at the University of Texas. Then Came the Evening is his first novel.
'Brian Hart's Then Came the Evening shows the hidden America, a world of remote holdings, long memories, fierce yearnings, and violent strivings. He dramatises this world with an immense care and tenderness. There is a deep feeling in the book for the gnarled landscape itself, its stark beauty, but even greater emotion surrounds the characters that inhabit it. Their efforts to live together and love each other are depicted with a grace and understanding which is rare and memorable' Colm Toibin 'An edgy and affecting debut from a writer already bursting with promise and achievement. Brian Hart's narrative voice is as tender as it is unflinching - and his novel of love squandered and oh-so-nearly retrieved is a triumph' Jim Crace 'A startling evocation of a wild place in which every man and woman struggle on in their own private Idaho' Daily Telegraph 'Told with a stark narrative voice that reflects the harsh unforgiving subject, the comparisons to Cormac McCarthy are already coming thick and fast' GQ