Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13

by Jon McGregor

Overview: 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.

Faith Bowers (03/16/18): The book is lyrical with a repetitiveness of structure for every chapter. It is about a town after the shock of a 13 year old girl lost. It takes place in a small town by the moors in northern England. McGregor starts with nature including the animals, plants and butterflies, rivers, reservoirs and moors for each season of the year and then goes into his characters. Each sentence is important for each character. All the people characters are flawed or should I suggest real. It took me halfway through the book to realize that each chapter is a year. The challenge is to remember the characters from season to season but you get the flow if you keep at it.
Rating: ****

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