Reservoir 13

By Jon McGregor
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8.81 Hours 10/03/2017 unabridged
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In midwinter in an English village, a teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks, and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart. There are births and deaths, secrets kept and exposed, livelihoods made and lost, small kindnesses, and unanticipated betrayals. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a tragedy refuse to subside.

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Summary

Summary

A London Guardian Best Book of the Year selection for 2017

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize

Wall Street Journal Pick of best new mysteries

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year selection

Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

An Indie Next List selection

In midwinter in an English village, a teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks, and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.

As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart. There are births and deaths, secrets kept and exposed, livelihoods made and lost, small kindnesses, and unanticipated betrayals.

An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a tragedy refuse to subside.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One I wish I’d written myself…Its structure, pace, detail, tone, humanity—it’s a quiet masterpiece.” Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize–winning author
“[A] village that is still haunting me, and which, because of the rich detail of the prose, I feel I’ve lived in before, and for which, on closing the book, I found myself homesick.” George Saunders, Booker Prize–winning author
“Haunting and heartbreaking…His best yet.” Guardian (London)
“Disturbing, one-of-a-kind.” Wall Street Journal
“Jon McGregor has revolutionized that most hallowed of mystery plots: the one where some foul deed takes place in a tranquil English village that, by the close of the case, doesn’t feel so tranquil anymore.” Washington Post
“A work of intense, forensic noticing: an unobtrusively experimental, thickly atmospheric portrait of the life of a village.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Excels at charting how, over the years, relationships fray, snap, or twine together…McGregor again highlights the remarkable in the everyday.” Sunday Times (London)
“A humane and tender masterpiece.” Irish Times
“An ambitious tour de force that demands the reader’s attention…a singular and haunting story.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An atmospheric, meticulously crafted novel, begins like a mystery then quickly morphs into something altogether different…A stunningly good, understated novel told in a mesmerizing voice.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Brilliant…McGregor’s novel’s subtly devastating impact ultimately imparts wisdom about the tenuous and priceless gift of life.” Booklist (starred review)
“McGregor’s writing is extraordinary, and…[a] treatise on timelessness and human nature…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
Reservoir 13 is deeply stirring and incredibly poetic. While the intricacies of relationships and the echo of sorrow over one family’s loss ripples through years of ordinary days, the simple flow of daily life in a small town will resonate with everyone who has lived in or visited a rural area. This beautiful and melancholic book is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the deep connections of a small but tight-knit community.” American Booksellers Association

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Author

Author Bio: Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Award, and Somerset Maugham Award, and his work has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English