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Eventide

by Kent Haruf

Eventide by Kent Haruf X
Eventide by Kent Haruf
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    May 2004, 320 pages
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    May 2005, 320 pages

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A self-proclaimed "ministry brat," Kent Haruf (rhymes with sheriff) grew up in eastern Colorado, where his novels are set. He studied literature at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln (where he would later teach). He took graduate courses at the University of Kansas and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. For two years he taught English in Turkey as a member of the Peace Corps. He was 41 before his first piece of fiction was published.

He lives with his wife, Cathy, in his native Colorado. When asked about the great popularity of his work, he says, "I've been around long enough to know that this is in part a matter of luck. I don't think it's turned my head. Fame is very seductive and can be very dangerous if you're trying to get your work done."

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