The Driftless Area

  • Runtime: 4.5 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 9.29.2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction/Literary
  • 4.50 hrs9/29/2015Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-5046-4312-2
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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 seventy-seven 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.

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 neo-noir, and its cast of bona fide small­-town eccentrics adrift in the American Midwest make for a clever and deeply pleasurable read from one of our most beloved authors.

Editorial Reviews

“Sparkling…Drury is a master at showing extraordinary things happening to ordinary people—and it’s always a fun ride.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Drury has a knack for entertainingly weird detail that shines throughout.”

Publishers Weekly

“Carefully crafted and plotted…A highly enjoyable but hard-to-classify novel. Drury’s evocative depiction of small-town life and an unpredictable plot with a touch of the supernatural will appeal to the same readers who enjoy independent films.”

Library Journal

“Deadpan wit, cosmic melancholy, characters both ethereal and down and dirty, predicaments a Beckett character would accept as inevitable, and a porous divide between the living and the dead add up to a delectably unnerving outlaw fairy tale.”


Author Biography

Tom Drury is the author of several novels, including The End of VandalismHunts in DreamsThe Driftless Area, and The Black Brook. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Mississippi Review, and he has been named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

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Reader Biography

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.

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