Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13

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"Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must. As the seasons unfold there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together or break apart. There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals. Bats hang in the eaves of the church and herons stand sentry in the river; fieldfares flock in the hawthorn trees and badgers and foxes prowl deep in the woods - mating and fighting, hunting and dying. 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 stranger's tragedy refuse to subside."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London : 4th Estate, 2017.
ISBN: 9780008204853
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Reservoir thirteen


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Aug 11, 2020

Never felt so cheated by a novel. The dust jacket description is also deceitful. This might actually be a literary practical joke. Read it only for the mostly repetitious description of life in an English village as the years tick by after the disappearance but don't expect any closure as far as the mystery is concerned. In my opinion, authors who have trouble or are too lazy to craft a story rely on a cast of dozens to fill the pages.

Aug 20, 2018

A young girl disappears in an English village and the mystery haunts the inhabitants for the decade or so after she goes missing. Written with short sentences and long flowing paragraphs, the book meanders through the lives of two dozen or so villagers - the lamb farmers, the potter, the newly-arrived yoga teacher, the school custodian, the newspaper editor and his BBC-producer wife, etc. - as their lives both follow and break routines over the years. Couples form and split up, babies are born, the reservoirs dry up and fill again, crops succeed and fail. Throughout it all, the memory of the missing girl hovers over everything.

One remarkable thing about the writing is that none of the characters are described physically (except the missing girl - repeatedly) and yet I developed clear and distinct pictures of them as the glimpses into their lives washed over me. One could even read this book as if it is told from the girl's point-of-view - her spirit floating just adjacent to the living, unable to fix on any corporeal details (or uninterested in doing so) ... just observing the mundane, the surprising, and even the profane events play out.

Feb 18, 2018

Set in the Peak District, this novel is a biography of a village and its characters over the years. It is remarkable in how it is written - it gives the effect of being carried along in a river as life goes on. Costa Prize.

CatherineG_1 Feb 04, 2018

A young girl and her family go on summer vacation to a small village in England. When they return at Christmas, their 13 old year daughter goes missing.
Days go by and even years with clues and investigations but the most interesting part of the story is how the villagers' lives change. People come and go, babies are born and people die while time keeps going on without this girl.
The most impacted aside from the girl's family are the other teens she knew in the village.
Surprise ending!

Jun 24, 2017

Rough notes toward, perhaps, a novel. Some day. Maybe.

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