Pacific by Tom Drury audiobook

Pacific: A Novel

By Tom Drury
Read by Lloyd James

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In a triumphant return to the characters thatlaunched his career two decades ago, Tom Drury travels back to Grouse County,the setting of his landmark debut, TheEnd of Vandalism. Drury’s depictions of the stark beauty of the Midwest andthe futility of American wanderlust have earned him comparisons to RaymondCarver, Sherwood Anderson, and Paul Auster. When fourteen-year-old Micah Darling travelsto Los Angeles to reunite with the mother who deserted him seven years ago, hefinds himself out of his league in a land of magical freedom. He does new drugswith new people, falls in love with an enchanting but troubled equestriennenamed Charlotte, and gets thrown out of school over the activities of a clubcalled the New Luddites. Back in the Midwest, an ethereal young womancomes to Stone City on a mission that will unsettle the lives of everyone shemeets—including Micah’s half-sister, Lyris, who still fights fears ofabandonment after a childhood in foster care, and Micah’s father, Tiny, a pettythief. An investigation into the stranger’s identity uncovers a darklydisturbed life, as parallel narratives of the comic and tragic, the mysteriousand the everyday, unfold in both the country and the city. A portrait of two disparate communitiesunited by the restlessness and desperate hope of their residents, Drury’shaunted souls, adrift between promise and circumstance, reveal our infinitecapacity to “get in and out of trouble in unexpected ways” and still find asemblance of peace at the end.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 for Fiction

Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction

In a triumphant return to the characters thatlaunched his career two decades ago, Tom Drury travels back to Grouse County,the setting of his landmark debut, TheEnd of Vandalism. Drury’s depictions of the stark beauty of the Midwest andthe futility of American wanderlust have earned him comparisons to RaymondCarver, Sherwood Anderson, and Paul Auster.

When fourteen-year-old Micah Darling travelsto Los Angeles to reunite with the mother who deserted him seven years ago, hefinds himself out of his league in a land of magical freedom. He does new drugswith new people, falls in love with an enchanting but troubled equestriennenamed Charlotte, and gets thrown out of school over the activities of a clubcalled the New Luddites.

Back in the Midwest, an ethereal young womancomes to Stone City on a mission that will unsettle the lives of everyone shemeets—including Micah’s half-sister, Lyris, who still fights fears ofabandonment after a childhood in foster care, and Micah’s father, Tiny, a pettythief. An investigation into the stranger’s identity uncovers a darklydisturbed life, as parallel narratives of the comic and tragic, the mysteriousand the everyday, unfold in both the country and the city.

A portrait of two disparate communitiesunited by the restlessness and desperate hope of their residents, Drury’shaunted souls, adrift between promise and circumstance, reveal our infinitecapacity to “get in and out of trouble in unexpected ways” and still find asemblance of peace at the end.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Drury gives us the wondrous and engaging stuff of real storytelling, of actual inquiry and investigation into the haunting and jokey puzzles of the world, at a time when so much literature stops short of invoking something larger or spends so much time touting grand themes that it forgets to make something happen. Pacific is a terrific book, and a strange one, as strange as the world and the great literature that helps us make our way through it.” New York Times Book Review
“Uncanny dialogue, deadpan humor, a few morbid twists, and a considerable amount of quirk make for an engaging read.” Publishers Weekly
“A wild ride…A fine percussive beat sweeps the reader along…The always fresh perspective of this one-of-a-kind writer will have you responding like his character who ‘laughed with surprise in her heart.’” Kirkus Reviews
“Some writers are good at drawing a literary curtain over reality and splashing upon the curtain all colors of their fancies. And then there are the writers who raise the veil and lead us to see for the first time. Tom Drury belongs to the latter and is a rare master at the art of seeing. Reading Pacific makes me once again fall in love with Drury’s words and his perception of a world that is full of dangers and passions and mysteries and graces.” Yiyun Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Drury

Author Bio: Tom Drury

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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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English