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The End of Vandalism

Drury, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0395621518 / ISBN 13: 9780395621516
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The End of Vandalism

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Grouse County is a curious place but a familiar one to the readers of The New Yorker, which published eleven consecutive chapters of this brilliant new novel. Tom Drury writes about modern life in the American Midwest with deadpan humor and unsparing affection that have captured the imaginations of readers from Miami to Sacramento.
At the heart of The End of Vandalism we find an unforgettable triangle: Dan Norman, the county sheriff whose empathy exceeds his love of law enforcement; Tiny Darling, a part-time thief who smashes up a "dance against vandalism"; and Louise Darling, the woman forced to choose between them, although the choice is not that hard. Tiny loses Louise, Louise loses her sense of self, and the three find themselves on an epic journey through the beauty and sadness of contemporary life. Meanwhile, a remarkable array of supporting characters move to center stage with grace. And seasons change, quietly - and sometimes loudly - affecting the people of Grouse County.
The End of Vandalism marks the debut of an exceptional American writer.

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ums the church before stealing the chalice....A lonely woman paints her toenails in a drafty farmhouse....A sleepless man watches his restless bride scatter their bills beneath the stars....Welcome to Grouse County....
"Tom Drury's loving, wryly intelligent take on Grouse County is at once sophisticated and compassionate. Drury's prose is quietly heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud funny, and always, absolutely convincing. The End of Vandalism marks the beginning of a distinguished American career."
--Jayne Anne Phillips
"Remarkable...Every so often a debut novel appears that simply stuns you with the elegance and beauty of its writing....A+"
--Entertainment Weekly
"So amiably dense with anecdote and observation, the reader is bounced along by its energy....Grouse County is unabashedly American, a setting both nostalgic and wittily contemporary....In a sense, the main character is the county itself, with its eccentricities, rituals, quarrels and comfort

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