The author and journalist Tom Drury was born in Iowa, in 1956. He received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from Brown University in English/Creative Writing. Tom Drury is the author of five novels and numerous short stories and essays. A native of Iowa, he confronts his readers with the intricacies of life in American small towns and the Midwest in many of his stories' literary worlds. Drury has been praised as a "major figure in American literature" (The New York Times) and "an overlooked giant of American comic fiction" (The Guardian), and he has been mentioned alongside an "extraordinary generation of American novelists" including Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers, and David Foster Wallace (The Independent).