In this mesmerizing novel – a follow-up to The End of Vandalism – Tom Drury once again journeys to the quiet Midwest to spend an action-packed October weekend in the lives of a precarious family whose members all want something without knowing how to get it: for Charles, an heirloom shotgun; for his wife, Joan, the imaginative life she once knew; for their young son, Micah, a knowledge of the scope and reliability of his world, aided by prowling the empty town at night; and for Joan’s daughter, Lyris, a stable foot from which to begin to grow up.
Sometimes together, sometimes crucially apart, father, mother, son, and daughter move through a series of vivid encounters that demonstrate how even the most provisional family can endure in its own particular way.
Tom Drury's fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's and in Granta magazine, where he was chosen as a 'Best Young American Novelist' in 1996. As well as The End of Vandalism, he is the author of Hunts in Dreams, Pacific, The Driftless Area (soon to be a major motion picture) and The Black Brook. He currently lives in New York City.