End of Vandalism by Tom Drury
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Conversations come in fits and starts, and the story moves at a lovely gait that feels barely perceptible but takes you to wonderful places, and spins a fine narrative from the apparent mundanity of lives being lived.
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Ten years ago, Tom Drury's groundbreaking debut, The End of Vandalism, was serialized in The New Yorker, was compared to the work of Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner by USA Today, and was named a Best Book of the Year in multiple publications. Now, appearing simultaneously with his first new novel in six years, Drury's debut is back in print.

Welcome to Grouse County — a fictional Midwest that is at once familiar and amusingly eccentric — where a thief vacuums the church before stealing the chalice, a lonely woman paints her toenails in a drafty farmhouse, and a sleepless man watches his restless bride scatter their bills beneath the stars. At the heart of The End of Vandalism is an unforgettable love triangle set off by a crime: Sheriff Dan Norman arrests Tiny Darling for vandalizing an anti–vandalism dance and then marries the culprit's ex-wife Louise. So Tiny loses Louise, Louise loses her sense of self, and the three find themselves on an epic journey.

At turns hilarious and heart-breaking, The End of Vandalism is a radiant novel about the beauty and ache of modern life.
 

About Tom Drury

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Tom Drury’s fiction has appeared inThe New Yorker,Harper’sMagazine,Mississippi ReviewandBest American Short Stories 1996. His previous novels areThe End Of Vandalism,The Black Brook, andHunts in Dreams. Drury was raised in Iowa and lives with his wife and their daughter in California.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Smart on Mar 13 2015

Conversations come in fits and starts, and the story moves at a lovely gait that feels barely perceptible but takes you to wonderful places, and spins a fine narrative from the apparent mundanity of lives being lived.

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