The Driftless Area Tom Drury's slender new novel is as meandering as its title, though it still manages to explore themes of fate, life, and death. It's a… The Driftless Area Tom Drury's slender new novel is as meandering as its title, though it still manages to explore themes of fate, life, and death. It's a… Fiction Atlantic Monthly Press
Book Review

The Driftless Area

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Tom Drury; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Tom Drury's slender new novel is as meandering as its title, though it still manages to explore themes of fate, life, and death. It's a lot to cram in, but this wry story mostly succeeds. Pierre Hunter, a Midwestern bartender, seems to have a bad-luck cloud following him around — he gets arrested for drunkenly wandering into a New Year's party, falls through a patch of bad ice and nearly drowns, and hitches a ride with a psycho criminal. With a spare and direct prose style, Driftless is full of wonderfully ironic characters and cool moments of small wisdom, though a third-act shift into the metaphysical might leave some floating toward disbelief.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints
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