Book Review: The Driftless Area by Tom Drury

September’s pick for the William & Mary Book of the Month Club is The Driftless Area (2006) by Tom Drury.  It’s a thin novel with awfully large type that should really be considered a novella at best.  The content isn’t so hot neither.  It’s a rather dull, dreary book which lacks internal logic and features stiff, unnatural dialog.  It’s supposed to be a heist caper although that plot feels tacked on.  It’s also kind of a ghost story although I can’t tell you how without a major spoiler.  The Driftless Area reads like someone went to the Iowa Writers Workshop and learned to write a technically proficient book, but one with no soul.  I tried to like this book, I really did, but sadly there is no try, only do or do not.  And I do not.

The driftless area by Tom Drury.
New York : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.