The Driftless Area

The Driftless Area

Book - 2006
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The new novel from the award-winning author of The End of Vandalism is a wry and sophisticated heist drama. Set in the rugged region of the Midwest that gives the novel its title, The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble. When he falls in love, with the mysterious and isolated Stella Rosmarin, Pierre becomes the central player in a revenge drama he must unravel and bring to its shocking conclusion. Along the way he will liberate 77 thousand dollars from a murderous thief, summon the resources that have eluded him all his life, and come to question the very meaning of chance and mortality. For nothing is as it seems in The Driftless Area. Identities shift, violent secrets lie in wait, the future can cause the past, and love becomes a mission that can take you beyond this world.

In its tender, cool irony, The Driftless Area recalls the best of neonoir, and its cast of bonafide small-town eccentrics adrift in the American Midwest make for a clever and deeply pleasurable read from one of our most beloved authors.
Published: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780871139436
Branch Call Number: F DRU
Characteristics: 215 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 16, 2017

Hmmmmm..... Very interesting, haunting tale.

Jun 10, 2013

An interesting read and it did remind me of some David Lynch show in the past. The dialogue was sort of like the old "Dragnet" TV show. Very different and a bit spooky.

May 09, 2010

This is an ordinary little story. Strange occurrences happen amid normal occurrences. Life is want it is. The end is pure fantasy. But still you wonder. This book should have been 600 pages long. Everything is too crowded, everything is going too fast. And then again, it's the calmness of it all that you remember. A little gem.


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