The End of Vandalism

The End of Vandalism

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Ten years ago, Tom Drury's groundbreaking debut, The End of Vandalism, was serialized in The New Yorker, was compared to the work of Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner by USA Today, and was named a Best Book of the Year in multiple publications. Now, appearing simultaneously with his first new novel in six years, Drury's debut is available again. Welcome to Grouse County - a fictional 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. At the heart of The End of Vandalism is an unforgettable love triangle set off by a crime: Sheriff Dan Norman arrests Tiny Darling for vandalizing an anti-vandalism dance and then marries the culprit's ex-wife Louise. So Tiny loses Louise, Louise loses her sense of self, and the three find themselves on an epic journey. At turns hilarious and heart-breaking, The End of Vandalism is a radiant novel about the beauty and ache of modern life.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9781555846282
1555846289
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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JimLoter
Feb 28, 2014

Brilliant, generally plotless novel that perfectly captures the people, tone, and rhythm of the American Midwest without judgment or condescension. Written in a simple, sparse, and almost Runyon-esque prose, the book largely follows county sheriff, Dan Norman; his wife, Louise; and Louise's ex-husband, Tiny as they meander through a couple years of life in rural Iowa. Drury's narration and dialog reflects all the small-talk, passive-aggressivity, and down-home pseudo-philosophy of the region. To me, a characteristic paragraph reads: "Tiny went to hayride put on by the White family at Walleye Lake. It was a Friday and cold as hell with the wind coming off the lake. This had been planned as a victory hayride and then changed to a farewell hayride. Walleye Lake always had its share of hayrides. One fall they were tried without hay, but there were many complaints."

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Feb 28, 2014

"Tiny went to hayride put on by the White family at Walleye Lake. It was a Friday and cold as hell with the wind coming off the lake. This had been planned as a victory hayride and then changed to a farewell hayride. Walleye Lake always had its share of hayrides. One fall they were tried without hay, but there were many complaints."

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