Pacific by Tom Drury

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Writing of this kind is all about leaving things out. Events sufficient for a chapter or even a novel are summarised in eight words...American literature can appear so crowded that it seems unlikely we could be overlooking giants, but the recently acclaimed short-story writer Edith Pearlman is one and Drury is another.
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Synopsis

In a triumphant return to the characters that launched his career two decades ago, Tom Drury travels back to Grouse County the setting of his landmark debut, The End of Vandalism. Drury’s depictions of the stark beauty of the Midwest and the futility of American wanderlust have earned him comparisons to Raymond Carver, Sherwood Anderson, and Paul Auster.

When fourteen-year-old Micah Darling travels to Los Angeles to reunite with the mother who abandoned him seven years ago, he finds himself out of his league in a land of magical freedom. He does new drugs with new people, falls in love with an enchanting but troubled equestrienne named Charlotte, and gets thrown out of school over the activities of a club called the New Luddites.

Back in the Midwest, an ethereal young woman comes to Stone City on a mission that will unsettle the lives of everyone she meets—including Micah’s half-sister, Lyris, who still fights fears of abandonment after a childhood in foster care, and his father, Tiny, a petty thief. An investigation into the stranger’s identity uncovers a darkly disturbed life, as parallel narratives of the comic and tragic, the mysterious and everyday, unfold in both the country and the city.
 

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 May 7, 2013 by Grove Press. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Handler on May 17 2013

“Pacific” is a terrific book, and a strange one, as strange as the world and the great literature that helps us make our way through it.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Nov 28 2015

Writing of this kind is all about leaving things out. Events sufficient for a chapter or even a novel are summarised in eight words...American literature can appear so crowded that it seems unlikely we could be overlooking giants, but the recently acclaimed short-story writer Edith Pearlman is one and Drury is another.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Reese on May 15 2013

...while most of the other characters are closely observed and vivid, she's a hazy specter from another genre altogether, seemingly injected into a small, wry novel to make it feel bigger and eerier, when it would work quite beautifully without her.

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Kirkus

Good
on Feb 04 2013

The always fresh perspective of this one-of-a-kind writer will have you responding like his character, who “laughed with surprise in her heart.”

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Peter Geye on May 11 2013

...the book does possess a cumulative sway, and as the myriad threads find a common tapestry in the book’s second half, a more cohesive emotional power comes to light.

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