Reservoir 13 (Paperback)

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2017

"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.

"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)

"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. . . . McGregor's writing style is ingenious." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"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

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781936787708
ISBN-10: 1936787709
Publisher: Catapult
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English