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The Evening Hour


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ISBN13: 9781608195978
ISBN10: 160819597x
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LFG, July 16, 2014 (view all comments by LFG)
The Evening Hour is a rich, compelling novel that pulls you into the complex lives of a small community and doesn't let you leave. The characters caretake the elderly and deal drugs, handle snakes, and tend bar. They are country folk all trapped together in the shadow of a mountain being blown apart for coal. Moody and dark and gentle, this book is a spellbinding read about a young man tied to his community and the mother and land he discovers he is built upon.
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Matthew Witt, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Matthew Witt)
This has everything you could want in a novel. Characters that you root for but are human, flawed, complex. A story that has you wanting to know what is going to happen. And a context, a place, that you learn about -- in this case, the coal country of Appalachia in the 21st century. So many novels these days are just another variation on same old same old. This one is original and fresh from first page to last. I've been recommending it to everyone I know.
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A well written and insightful look into the tragedy of modern day Appalachian coal communities; drugs and mountaintop removal. A realistic tale of human suffering and acceptance of servitude to a ruthless coal industry.

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Sickels, Carter
Bloomsbury USA
Sickels, A. Carter
Literature-A to Z
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in modern-day West Virginia coal country, Sickels's debut revolves around a cast of characters whose world is pulled out from under them. Though protagonist Cole Freeman — a 27-year-old who works as an aide at a nursing home — likes the people he assists, he steals their belongings and deals the prescription drugs he buys from them. From his point of view, he's not doing anything wrong, simply helping his patients who need money to pay their bills. Meanwhile, a coal mining company engaged in mountaintop removal poisons the landscape in an effort to force people off their land, posing a deadly threat to residents. However, families like Cole's don't want to move. In the words of Cole's dying grandfather, a fire and brimstone preacher and snake handler: 'Why would I want to live on land that my people never walked on?' Cole meanders through life, making on-again, off-again friendships, but he vows to change direction as the drug trade turns violent and he faces suspicion. The question becomes: is there a better life out there? Even at his worst, Cole proves well-intentioned and likable, with deep caring for others that proves refreshing, particularly when disaster strikes. Despite moments of heavy-handed foreshadowing and repetitive conversations, the novel is grounded in rich storytelling." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A plainspoken novel, but one with intensely lyrical moments, about the devastation of the West Virginia landscape — and the devastation to the local communities — owing to mountaintop removal....Sickels has great insight into the emotional life of West Virginians, and he refreshingly presents them as fully realized characters."
"Review" by , "Sickels's debut revolves around a cast of characters whose world is pulled out from under them....The novel is grounded in rich storytelling."
"Review" by , "Cole's point of view is one not often encountered in contemporary fiction. First-time novelist Sickels paints [his] experience with an unflinching hand."
"Review" by , "In this stark, beautiful debut, Sickels writes with gentle grace and cutting honesty about characters as wounded as the condemned land on which they live. The Evening Hour is a raw, aching book that gleams with moments of unflinching truth and unexpected tenderness, casting light into dark corners, revealing both damage and dignity. It's a stunning novel."
"Review" by , "The troubled heart of the country, and the hearts of the deeply compelling people who populate it, beat strongly and unforgettably in The Evening Hour. Carter Sickels is a tremendous novelist with a tremendous story to tell in these pages, and he tells it with beauty and power."
"Review" by , "The Evening Hour could be a hymn sung out in a country church; when I finished it, I wanted to close my eyes, listen to its echoes, feel the power of its song. For that is what this beautiful book is: a sweet-souled, hard-eyed prayer for a beleaguered people and the beloved landscape they call home. With striking authenticity and admirable restraint, Carter Sickels brings both forcefully to life in his deeply moving, spiritually uplifting debut."
"Review" by , "The Evening Hour is engrossing. It elicits strong, complicated emotions from the first page. I felt inhabited by the characters, and as the page numbers increased, I was as scared for it to end as I was to see what would happen."
"Review" by , "A refreshing cry from the populace, Carter Sickels's The Evening Hour captures the spirit of America's New Feudalism. The setting is West Virginia and Heritage Coal has a monopoly: on the land, on the lives of the people who work for them, and on the families who live downhill from the toxic sludge pond. Life is hell and survival is all there is. Some have the Bible, some have booze and pills and sex, and some still dare to have a dream."
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