by Julie HaleMay, 2005
Stellar follow up
In this stirring sequel to his best-selling novel Plainsong, Kent Haruf returns to Holt, Colorado, to continue the story of young Victoria Roubideaux and the abrasive but loveable McPheron brothers who took her in when she became pregnant. The novel is set a year after the events recounted in the previous book. With her baby daughter Katie in tow, single mother Victoria leaves the McPheron ranch to attend college in Fort Collins. Not long after her departure, tragedy strikes the brothers, leaving Raymond to deal single-handedly with the ranch. But when he befriends Rose Tyler, a kind-hearted social worker, Raymond finds romance and discovers he can make a difference in Holt. Assisting Rose with her young clients, he forms strong new attachments to troubled members of the community, including an 11-year-old orphan named DJ Kephart, who struggles to care for his grandfather. When it comes to depicting small-town dynamics and the ties that bind family, nobody can outwrite Haruf. Authentic and stark, his latest book is a striking portrait of daily life in the rural Midwest, an unforgettable story about love, loss and survival characterized by the author's lean yet spirited prose. Eventide is a sequel that equals its predecessor, a satisfying follow-up to Plainsong, certain to please readers.
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