The End of Vandalism: A Novel

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Set in rural Iowa, this “breathtaking . . . remarkable achievement” of a debut novel by the author of Pacific is “at once funny, sad, and touching” (New York Newsday).
 
A New York Magazine and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
 
With extensive excerpts appearing in the New Yorker before its release, Tom Drury’s groundbreaking debut, The End of Vandalism, drew widespread acclaim and comparison to the works of Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner.
 
With his fictional Grouse County, Tom Drury conjures a 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.
 
When Sheriff Dan Norman arrests Tiny Darling for vandalizing an anti–vandalism dance, he goes on to marry the culprit’s ex-wife Louise. But while Tiny loses Louise, Louise loses her sense of self—and all three find themselves in a love triangle that sets them on an epic journey.
 
“A truly great writer.” —Esquire
 
“Grouse County is unabashedly American, a setting both nostalgic and wittily contemporary.” —The Boston Globe
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About the author

Tom Drury’s fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Mississippi Review, and The Best American Short Stories 1996. His previous novels are The End Of Vandalism, The Black Brook, and Hunts in Dreams. Drury was raised in Iowa and lives with his wife and their daughter in California.
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Publisher
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Published on
Dec 1, 2007
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781555846282
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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In the sweltering heat of one summer in a small Midwestern town, Claire and Don Lowry discover that married life isn’t quite as they’d predicted.

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“Drury is nothing less than a wizard . . . Not since Twin Peaks has he rural surreal had such an artful airing.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Superb . . . by one of America’s finest, most imaginative authors.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“With deceptively simple prose, Drury is able to evoke characters and scenes in just a few brush strokes.” —Los Angeles Times
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