The Evening Hour

The Evening Hour

by Carter Sickels

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The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels


Most of the wealth in Dove Creek, West Virginia, is in the earth-in the coal seams that have provided generations with a way of life. Born and raised here, twenty-seven-year-old Cole Freeman has sidestepped work as a miner to become an aide in a nursing home. He's got a shock of bleached blond hair and a gentle touch well suited to the job. He's also a drug dealer, reselling the prescription drugs his older patients give him to a younger crowd looking for different kinds of escape.


In this economically depressed, shifting landscape, Cole is floundering. The mining corporation is angling to buy the Freeman family's property, and Cole's protests only feel like stalling. Although he has often dreamed of leaving, he has a sense of duty to this land, especially after the death of his grandfather. His grandfather is not the only loss: Cole's one close friend, Terry Rose, has also slipped away from him, first to marriage, then to drugs. While Cole alternately attempts romance with two troubled women, he spends most of his time with the elderly patients at the home, desperately trying to ignore the decay of everything and everyone around him. Only when a disaster befalls these mountains is Cole forced to confront his fears and, finally, take decisive action-if not to save his world, to at least save himself.


The Evening Hour marks the powerful debut of a writer who brings originality, nuance, and an incredible talent for character to an iconic American landscape in the throes of change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608195985
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 479,378
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

A. Carter Sickels, a graduate of the MFA program at Pennsylvania State University, was awarded scholarships and residencies at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Djerassi Residency, and Fundación Valparaíso. After spending nearly a decade in New York, Sickels left the city to earn a master's degree in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He now lives in Seattle, Washington.


Carter Sickels, a graduate of the MFA program at Pennsylvania State University, was awarded fellowships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. After living for a decade in New York City, Sickels left to earn a master's degree in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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The Evening Hour: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe you can root for someone who steals from old people and sells pills to drug addicts, put Carter Sickels pulls it off. It's a quick read with good pacing and just the right amount of detail. The story never gets bogged down or slow. I can't wait for his next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I did enjoy reading this book, I absolutly hate that it is anti-coal. I live in WV, in an area that is remarkably like Dove Creek. Coal is a way of life here, just as drugs are a way of life for some. A strip mine recently closed down, and with it most likely will be our whole community. Coal is very likely powering your electricity right now!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A powerful and imaginative story with an important message about how lives are impacted by greed (of the mining companies). Very readable. .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've ever been in the mountains, really deep in the mountains and if you have seen what they (mining companies) have done you know it isn't good. Listen as Carter introduces you to those living and dying through it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is not typical. It is well-told and extremely interesting with characters who resemble real people with all of their good and bad qualities. One questions what is "right" and "wrong" and "moral" and "immoral." Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks out crying silently and goes tp camp result one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He leaves