Reservoir 13 (Paperback)
To read John McGregor's novel Reservoir 13 is to read a thousand tiny poems in quick succession. In fragments and glimpses of a small village in England, McGregor brilliantly contrasts the urgency of life with the banality of living. As the seasons progress and relationships ebb and flow, Reservoir 13's lyrical prose and pulsing rhythms combine to make these ordinary stories extraordinary.— David
"The word "collage" implies something static and finally fixed, but the beauty of "Reservoir 13" is in fact rhythmic, musical, ceaselessly contrapuntal . . . A remarkable achievement and a] subtle unravelling of what we think of as the conventional project of the novel." --James Wood, The New Yorker
"Fiercely intelligent. . . . An] astonishing new novel . . . strange, daring, and very moving. . . . The book is a rare and dazzling feat of art." --George Saunders, The Paris Review Daily
Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. 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.
About the Author
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 has been longlisted three times 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.