An impeccably crafted ‘quiet’ book that borders on perfection, populated with characters that live and breathe and make mistakes. So unassuming it is downright sneaky but unabashedly excellent throughout. By far the best book I have read this year.
Welcome to Grouse County, somewhere in the Midwest, where the towns are small but the people, their dreams and their eccentricities come in all sizes.
When Sheriff Dan Norman arrests local troublemaker Tiny Darling for vandalising an anti-vandalism dance, he does not expect much in the way of fallout. But unseen wheels have been set in motion, and lives will be changed: Dan finds love, Tiny loses his wife Louise, and all three travel an epic journey of the heart.
The End of Vandalism is full of small miracles of observation, compassion and humour, held together by the ‘electric deadpan’ of Drury’s celebrated style. For readers willing to tune in, the experience will be a revelation.