This week, it's Then Came The Evening, a debut novel by Brian Hart.
The unforgiving rural landscape of Idaho is the perfect backdrop for this poignant story of three misfits. After serving in Vietnam, Bandy Dorner returns to his hometown of Lake Fork, ID. Fueled by too much alcohol, he drives his car into a canal and then fights with the policemen who arrive on the scene; minutes later, both officers are dead. Bandy goes to prison, and Iona, pregnant with Bandy's son, Tracy, runs off with another man. Eighteen years later, Tracy, in an effort to connect with his family, visits Bandy in prison and then goes to Lake Fork and the Dorner family homestead. Tracy severely injures his legs when he falls off the roof while making repairs. Iona rushes out from Spokane at the same time Bandy is released from prison, and their lives again converge in Lake Fork. But can they pick up where they left off? Not on your life; this is not a "feel-good" novel, it's a riveting, psychologically rich family drama set in the American West, from a writer who has been compared to Cormac McCarthy. I loved this book.
Let me know if you'd like to win this book. I'll do my drawing next Sunday and let the winner(s) know.