Search Results: "Drury Pifer"


BOOK REVIEW

INNOCENTS IN AFRICA by Drury Pifer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A book of so many good things—love, wisdom, and luminous prose—that's also a unique record of an American childhood in pre- 1948 South Africa. (B&w photographs)"
A beautifully rendered, bittersweet memoir of an American family abroad in an alien place—the bleak mining towns of southern Africa in the 1930's and 40's—that limns exactly childhood's enviable ability to live for the moment. Read full book review >

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A THING OF STATE by Allen Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The plot resonates with recent events in the Middle East and with America's loss of will and increased vulnerability to atomic blackmaila valid topic for a political novelbut Drury's cardboard characters and continuous bombast make for hard going."
Drury (What Price Glory?, 1990, etc.) returns with a novel as didactic as a '60s Pravdaall about limp foreign policy and the wane of US status and influence at century's end. Read full book review >

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THE DRIFTLESS AREA by Tom Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Drury is a master at showing extraordinary things happening to ordinary people—and it's always a fun ride."
A likable loser has his small-town life upended by vicious lowlifes and Twilight Zone weirdness in this sparkling fourth novel from Drury (Hunts in Dreams, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Although this aims to be the next Perfect Storm or Into Thin Air, it lacks the smooth narration and intense drama that appeals to mainstream audiences. Still, it's a worthwhile read for aspiring military heroes or sportsmen obsessed with Alaska."
An action-packed tribute to the parajumpers (PJs) of the US Special Command Forces. Read full book review >

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HUNTS IN DREAMS by Tom Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2000

"The trick and true pleasure here are in the utterly ordinary context these extraordinary events occur in. Drury never misses a beat—the quiet moments dazzle as much the louder ones."
From the Iowa heartland, Drury (The Black Brook, 1998, etc.) conjures a deceptively simple tale of a family and a weekend, during which the husband steals a gun, the wife runs away, the daughter gains a goat, and also a creepy admirer, the son waits for his mother—and life goes on. Read full book review >

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THE END OF VANDALISM by Tom Drury
Released: March 29, 1994

"All Drury needs is a plot for his work to really take off."
Drury's first novel, set in Grouse County, a network of small towns in the Midwest, is a poker-faced look at American folkways in a world that is precarious and perverse. Read full book review >

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PACIFIC by Tom Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"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.'"
Getting by, getting over, getting laid: Drury's characters keep busy in his fifth novel, another wild ride. Read full book review >

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COLORED FLOODLIGHTS by Frank Drury
Released: May 10, 2012

"Colorful characters that, unfortunately, don't develop."
Drury (A Dream Away, 2011) uses the Occupy protests as his novel's backdrop in this quiet family tragedy. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK BROOK by Tom Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1998

"A trip and a treat. (Author tour)"
An irresistibly droll portrayal of an All-American liar, loser, and innocent dominates this edgy, captivating second novel by the author of The End of Vandalism (1994). Read full book review >

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CLOSED IN SILENCE by Joan M. Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not so much a whodunit, then, as a what-if-she-did-do-it, with the mystery used to dramatize debates whose outcome is never in doubt."
Twenty years after their college graduation, six women meet on a tiny island in Puget Sound for an informal reunion. Read full book review >