Paul's One-Hour Book Club: The Driftless Area by Tom Drury

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The One-hour Book Club title for April 20 will be The Driftless Area, Tom Drury’s odd, spooky, tale of Pierre Hunter, finished with college and back in his hometown tending bar, essentially picking up life as he’d always known it. He soon runs into a complicated kind of trouble, involving a woman (of course) and a very large amount of money. Drury, born and raised in Iowa, is an extraordinary novelist who worked for years as a journalist around the country before settling in New York to work on his fiction. Most of his work takes place in Iowa and much of it is very funny. Read the book and come to the Iowa City Public Library on April 20th at 7 PM.

”The bittersweet ending is a perfect mix of light and dark. Drury is a master of showing extraordinary things happening to ordinary people—and it’s always a fun ride.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Drury’s other novels include The End of Vandalism, The Black Brook, and Hunts in Dreams;  all funny and worth the time it will take you to read them.

"A kind of nervous seizure came upon him as he waited for his father's funeral to begin at the Church of the Four Corners. His hands shook and his breath grew short. He got up and sidled down the row of half siblings from Council Bluffs. He left the main part of the church and went up two stories to the bell tower and stood looking out over the half wall at the light on the snow covered hills. He smoked a cigarette and put it out and then cried pretty hard for a long while. He had a blue handkerchief like the old farmers carried and with it he wiped his face and blew his nose. The light bothered his eyes because it was so bright and thin and evidently unaware of what it was shining on." — The Driftless Area by Tom Drury