Hunts in Dreams is the second installment of a trilogy by Tom Drury. The trilogy opened with the wonderful The End of Vandalism. Some of the characters from that book take center stage here, although it's completely a stand-alone book.
I didn't like it as well as Vandalism. Hunts in Dreams is a more compressed storyline, taking place over a weekend in the lives of Tiny Darling and his now-wife Joan, their son Micah, and her daughter from a previous relationship, Lyris. I didn't find these characters as interesting as Dan and Louise from Vandalism, and the book didn't hold together quite as cohesively as that one did.
Still, Drury has a wry outlook on Midwest rural life--or on life in general--that generated some chuckles from me:
"The man in charge of the gas station wore a green button that said:
I Am Empowered
"He offered to go get their stepfather's gun from the pickup to show Jerry, but the bartender said guns were not allowed in the tavern, which seemed reasonable, in the abstract."
Bottom line for me: it was just OK. That said, I've already started the third part of the trilogy and so far, so good. Stay tuned.