Kent Haruf’s Eventide (2004) picks up where the author left off in his bestselling debut novel Plainsong (1999). A return to the high plains town of Holt, Colorado, finds the McPheron brothers bidding farewell to Victoria, the teen parent they have supported since her mother abandoned her. She has gone to Ft. Collins to attend college but keeps in touch. Enter other dysfunctional families in need of shoring up.
A lonely young man cares for his aging grandfather, and depends on the friendship of a local girl, the older of two daughters of a woman whose estranged husband still supports the family while working in Alaska. A nearby disabled couple struggles to care for their children and protect them from a dangerous relative. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes on the McPheron farm, and changes life there forever. Haruf skillfully portrays life as it unfolds, and shows the human condition at its worst, and at its best. He shows the true meaning of family.