Eventide

Eventide

A Novel

Large Print - 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.

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. (General Fiction)

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2004
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780375433313
9780375433641
0375433317
0375433643
Characteristics: 497 p. (large print) ; 25 cm. : ill. (large print)]

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wyenotgo
Nov 18, 2018

After having posted what, in retrospect was probably an undeservedly harsh rating of Plainsong, I resolved to redeem myself with this sequel. Haruf's writing style is so engaging and earth-bound, his characters so real and appealing that it's impossible not to be enchanted. That despite the fact that by and large his stories are usually sad and things don't necessarily turn out well for the people you've grown to like.
There's no single story arc here and at the end, not very much gets resolved; life just goes on. The delightful McPheron brothers are here again, along with Victoria and little Katie; and occasional appearances by Maggie and also Tom Guthrie from the previous book. A number of new characters are introduced; some of their stories intersect, others do not. I found it intriguing that Haruf liked to produce characters in pairs (Luther and Betty June; Guthrie and Maggie; Harold and Raymond; DJ and his grandfather; even the children appear in pairs: Ike and Bobby, Richie and Joy Rae; Dena and Emma). I've yet to figure out Haruf's intent in this pairing.
Perhaps one of the features that makes the book so engaging and realistic and at the same time so heartbreaking is how hard the children's lives are: DJ's lonely life caring for his grandfather; Dena and Emma's parental problems and most pathetically the Wallace kids, abused, poverty-plagued social outcasts.
It's because of all those misfortunes that I found old Raymond's moments of love so welcome, so precious. We cannot help cheering for him.
After this book and after Our Souls at Night, it's so regrettable that Haruf is no longer with us.

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empbee
Apr 24, 2018

As good as Plainsong. I didn't read Haruf's books in chronological order but picked up the previous events fast thanks to the masterful chaining of events without the feel of competitiveness.

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mossco53
Nov 15, 2017

Sequel to Plainsong continuing the story of country life and small town hardships with writing that absolutely delights. In an understated way Haruf pulls the very essence out of things and describes people, places, moments, atmosphere in a way that pulls you utterly into the place. Can't wait to read more!

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PDBurt
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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AlteredStaite
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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