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 deserted 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 Micah’s 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 the everyday, unfold in both the country and the city.
A portrait of two disparate communities
united by the restlessness and desperate hope of their residents, Drury’s
haunted souls, adrift between promise and circumstance, reveal our infinite
capacity to “get in and out of trouble in unexpected ways” and still find a
semblance of peace at the end. Download and start listening now!