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Reservoir 13

By Jon McGregor

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2017
A new novel from celebrated British novelist Jon McGregor--twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize--Reservoir 13 tells the story of a whole English village haunted by one family's loss.

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 twice 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.


Praise for Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor "An ambitious tour de force that demands the reader's attention; those willing to follow along will be rewarded with a singular and haunting story." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "McGregor masterfully employs a free, indirect style that forgoes quotation marks and seamlessly blends narrative, dialogue, and wonderfully observant, poetic musings. . . . Longlisted for the Man Booker, McGregor's novel's subtly devastating impact ultimately imparts wisdom about the tenuous and priceless gift of life. For fans of Elizabeth Strout and Richard Russo." --Booklist (starred review) "The writing is extraordinary." --Library Journal (starred review) "A wonderful book. [Jon McGregor]'s an extraordinary writer, unlike anyone else." --Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water "A new novel from the absurdly gifted Jon McGregor, seven years after the IMPAC-winning Even the Dogs, Reservoir 13 is haunting and heartbreaking, the tale of a disappearance and its aftermath--his best yet." --The Guardian, "Fiction to look out for in 2017" "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 stranger's tragedy refuse to subside." --The Rumpus "Jon McGregor's haunting mystery novel about the ways in which we measure our lives will get under your skin. Let it." --Bustle "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 Enyeart, Common Good Books (St. Paul, MN) "Jon McGregor has been quietly building a reputation as one of the outstanding writers of his generation since 2002, when he became the youngest writer to be longlisted for the Booker prize... Reservoir 13 is an extraordinary achievement; a portrait of a community that leaves the reader with an abiding affection for its characters, because we recognise their follies and frailties and the small acts of kindness and courage that bind them together." --Observer (UK) "Fascinating... McGregor is a writer with extraordinary control... Reservoir 13 is an enthralling and brilliant investigation of disturbing elements embedded deeply in our story tradition." --Tessa Hadley, The Guardian ''He excels at charting how, over the years, relationships fray, snap or twine together...There are images Seamus Heaney might have coveted... Making clarity gleam with poetry, McGregor again highlights the remarkable in the everyday." --The Sunday Times (UK) "Award-winning Jon McGregor defies expectations with this superbly crafted and mesmerizingly atmospheric portrait of an unnamed village ... Unsentimental and occasionally very funny, this is a haunting, beautiful book." --Daily Mail "This is above all a work of intense, forensic noticing: an unobtrusively experimental, thickly atmospheric portrait of the life of a village which, for its mixture of truthfulness and potency, deserves to be set alongside the works of such varied brilliance as Ronald Blythe's Akenfield, Jim Crace's Harvest and Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood." --Times Literary Supplement "Even by the standards of his mature work, McGregor's latest novel is a remarkable achievement... Fluid and fastidious, its sparing loveliness feels deeply true to its subject. There are moments, as in life, of miraculous grace, but no more than that... a humane and tender masterpiece." --Irish Times "Reservoir 13 leaves the reader feeling mesmerised, disconcerted and with senses oddly heightened, as if something had walked over their own grave." --The Australian "Jon McGregor is a terrifyingly ingenious writer. He brings to his writing not only the gift of seeing and imagining, but the capacity of hypothesizing and hypnotizing. Reservoir 13 allures readers into an engrossing journey only to end within ourselves, where reality is the darkest fairytale." --Yiyun Li, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life "Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary--the way it's structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age. It's like watching more than a decade of living from a slow-moving train." --Roddy Doyle, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha "Reservoir 13 is a masterfully paced and grippingly controlled read that finds the shadows, the wildness, in the ordinary heart of a community." --Colin Barrett, Rooney Prize-winning author of Young Skins "Absolutely magnificent; one of the most beautiful, affecting novels I've read in years. The prose is alive and ringing. There is so much space and life in every sentence. I don't know how he's done it. It's beautiful." --Eimear McBride, Baileys Women's Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing "If you don't yet know you should read novels by Jon McGregor, then I can't help you." --Evie Wyld, Miles Franklin Award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing "Quite unlike anything I have read before. McGregor writes with rare elegance and integrity. If people were not already aware that here is one of our most accomplished living writers, they certainly will be now." --Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent "If more proof were needed that Jon McGregor is one of the finest and most versatile novelists writing today, this is it. Reservoir 13 is a unique feat of communitarian storytelling, full of humanity, humility, drama and mystery. Turning within a natural almanac, the lives of its characters ebb and flow as the years pass, as they encounter tragedy, conflict, the best and worst aspects of each other. It's rare to find a writer with symmetry and understanding of both the natural world and its residents - especially the edgelands - rarer still to find an author of such compassionate reach and existential balance, but McGregor writes with such grace and precision, with love even, about who and where we are, that he leaves behind all other writers of his generation." --Sarah Hall, Betty Trask Award-winning author of The Wolf Border "A 13-year-old girl disappears while on holiday with her parents in an English village. The search for her is unsuccessful. Thereafter, life in the village is revealed to the reader, year after year, as if watching a bank of CCTV monitors. Life goes on as before--the same--but not really the same. Nothing happens--but everything happens. It is hauntingly atmospheric, mesmerizing prose. Hard to put down." --Jean Evans, Common Good Books (St. Paul, MN) "In a small, isolated village in the north of England, a 13 year-old girl on Christmas holiday with her parents goes missing--an event that unsettles the village and its inhabitants for the next decade. . . . Captivating." --Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common (Ridgefield, CT) "Deeply stirring and incredibly poetic." --Ashley Dickson, Buffalo Street Books (Ithaca, NY) More Praise for Jon McGregor "Jon McGregor is a writer who will make a significant stamp on world literature. In fact, he already has." --Colum McCann "Jon McGregor writes with frightening intelligence and impeccable technique. Every page is a revelation." --Teju Cole "Jon McGregor's stories are full of unremarkable landscape, destabilizing drama, and people-- pinned in place by themselves. But they gleam with endearing detail. His writing is unnerving, unconventional and lovely." -- Leanne Shapton "These stories are illuminated by Jon McGregor's fearless and humane imagination. Both tragic and comic, they form a polyphonic portrait of a people and a place. Exhilarating." -- Katie Kitamura "Jon McGregor's uncanny stories linger long after you have finished them. He quietly inserts distinct, convincing voices into vivid and compelling landscapes." â Dana Spiotta THIS ISN'T THE SORT OF THING THAT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE LIKE YOU: STORIES (2012) "30 electric tales . . . This is a book of ominous preludes and chilling aftermaths . . . McGregor stealthily commands our active engagement, scattering crumbs of data for us to pick through, gumshoe-style." â New York Times Book Review "Each tale in this slim, elegant book does something most of us wish would happen to us in real life: It stops us in a humdrum moment and reveals how that small, unnoticed sliver of time can illuminate an entire life . . . Magic." â, Book of the Week "Jon McGregor's uncanny stories linger long after you have finished them. He quietly inserts distinct, convincing voices into vivid and compelling landscapes. This original, beautiful, and haunting book totally captivated me." â Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others and National Book Award Finalist Eat the Document "John McGregor is one of the UK's most fascinating and versatile writers. The fact that most American readers have never heard of him does not speak well of us. Let's all buy his book NOW." â Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story "These stories by Jon McGregor feel as if they are made half of words and half of the earth. They are elegant, understated, sometimes wry, and yet full of the drama and passion of life." â Matthew Sharpe, author of You Were Wrong EVEN THE DOGS (2010) "As a novel about the consequences of addiction--particularly heroin addiction--Even the Dogs is harrowing. It details the physical, psychological, social and environmental damage, and portrays the all-consuming nature of the life . . . Using ghosts as narrators gives the book a haunting overtone. It lends resonance even to a simple observation like 'We see things differently now.' And it lets McGregor write with a gritty omniscience." â New York Times Book Review "Ambitious, haunting . . . thought-provoking." â Boston Globe "A rare combination of profound empathy and wonderful writing." â Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time "Those who enjoyed Hubert Selby Jr.'s "Requiem for a Dream" will value the style and the subject matter." â Library Journal "McGregor succeeds in paying homage to the dispossessed and the hopeless, who live and die on the margins of society." â Booklist "McGregor puts the reader into the minds of this interconnected web of people bent on various journeys of self-destruction. He constructs a powerful, disjointed narrative about dependency that is nearly impossible to put down, though it's not easy reading." â PopMatters "Absolutely OUTSTANDING . . . Jon McGregor is a writer who will make a significant stamp on world literature. In fact, he already has . . . an incredible book, I just adored it." --Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let The Great World Spin IF NOBODY SPEAKS OF REMARKABLE THINGS (2002) "McGregor's publishers must be openly rejoicing . . . If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things is the work of a burning new talent." --Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail (UK) "Mcgregor is an exemplary archivist of the humdrum . . .someone who detects so passionately the remarkable in the everyday." --The Spectator (UK) "You won't read anything much more poignant than this." --Daily Telegraph (UK) "Moving vision of contemporary Britain . . . a remarkably accomplished first novel, Booker-longlisted." --Sunday Times (UK)

EAN: 9781936787708
ISBN: 1936787709
Publisher: Catapult
Dimensions: 20.83 x 13.97 x 2.29 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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