The Driftless Area by Tom Drury
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The new novel from the award-winning author of The End of Vandalism is a wry and sophisticated heist drama. Set in the rugged region of the Midwest that gives the novel its title, The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble. When he falls in love, with the mysterious and isolated Stella Rosmarin, Pierre becomes the central player in a revenge drama he must unravel and bring to its shocking conclusion. Along the way he will liberate 77 thousand dollars from a murderous thief, summon the resources that have eluded him all his life, and come to question the very meaning of chance and mortality. For nothing is as it seems in The Driftless Area. Identities shift, violent secrets lie in wait, the future can cause the past, and love becomes a mission that can take you beyond this world.

In its tender, cool irony, The Driftless Area recalls the best of neonoir, and its cast of bonafide small-town eccentrics adrift in the American Midwest make for a clever and deeply pleasurable read from one of our most beloved authors.
 

About Tom Drury

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Tom Drury is the author of "The End of Vandalism" & "The Black Brook", one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists," & a Guggenheim fellow for 2000-2001. His fiction has appeared most recently in "The New Yorker" & "Ploughshares". He lives with his wife & their daughter in Connecticut, where he teaches at Wesleyan University.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by Grove Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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It’s like a fairy tale, thinks Pierre, not knowing that Stella and an old man, a kind of paranormal fixer, are using Pierre for their own ends.

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Drury’s luckless characters are seldom weepy and don’t beg for mercy, yet even the villain in “The Driftless Area,” a thief named Shane from whom Pierre swipes $77,000 (which he gives away), dreams about a woman he accidentally killed.

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Publishers Weekly

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Blasé 24-year-old Pierre Hunter is the unlikely hero of Drury's fourth novel, set in the isolated region of the Midwest that gives the book its title.

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Entertainment Weekly

Tom Drury's slender new novel is as meandering as its title, though it still manages to explore themes of fate, life, and death.

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Austin Chronicle

The quote is protagonist Pierre Hunter's own description of a book he's reading, a book he claims not to understand entirely.

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