Reservoir 13 Lib/E

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.1 X 1.2 X 6.5 inches | 0.7 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Jon McGregor is the author of several novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Award, and Somerset Maugham Award, and his work has 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.

Matt Bates is a voice actor who can be heard in video games, documentaries, audiobooks, and other media.


Matt Bates...[is] an excellent choice of narrator for an audiobook that explores the minutiae of how people return to daily life after a tragedy has struck...Listeners will hear a tightly controlled, low-voiced portrayal of inexplicable loss. Fans of literary fiction delivered in the style of radio theater will enjoy the experience.

-- "AudioFile"

Bates narrates the story with precisely the English accent one would imagine in this seemingly quaint village. HIs calm, low-key delivery perfectly sets the mood for the story...Bates has narrated the story to mirror McGregor's vision.

-- "Booklist (audio review)"

One I wish I'd written myself...Its structure, pace, detail, tone, humanity-it's a quiet masterpiece.

-- "Roddy Doyle, New York Times bestselling author"

Haunting and heartbreaking...His best yet.

-- "Guardian (London)"

Novels aspire to be social documents, group portraits, measurers of time, renovators of the ordinary, but few come close to achieving those ambitions. This entrancing book does.

-- "New Yorker"

The novel asks the question: What would happen if the television cameras stayed? If they turned away from the supposedly newsworthy event and instead zoomed in one by one on each house in the village and showed us the lives inside?...[McGregor] can convey the pathos of a life in a few lines...[This is a] gesture toward the sweep of history, reminding us that the struggles that seem so momentous to one group of people will someday be forgotten.

-- "New York Times"

Disturbing, one-of-a-kind.

-- "Wall Street Journal"

A work of intense, forensic noticing: an unobtrusively experimental, thickly atmospheric portrait of the life of a village.

-- "Times Literary Supplement (London)"

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.

-- " Washington Post"

A humane and tender masterpiece.

-- "Irish Times"

Excels at charting how, over the years, relationships fray, snap, or twine together...McGregor again highlights the remarkable in the everyday.

-- "Sunday Times (London)"

An ambitious tour de force that demands the reader's attention...a singular and haunting story.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

An atmospheric, meticulously crafted novel, begins like a mystery then quickly morphs into something altogether different...A stunningly good, understated novel told in a mesmerizing voice.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Brilliant...McGregor's novel's subtly devastating impact ultimately imparts wisdom about the tenuous and priceless gift of life.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

McGregor's writing is extraordinary, and...[a] treatise on timelessness and human nature...Highly recommended.

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

[A] village that is still haunting me, and which, because of the rich detail of the prose, I feel I've lived in before, and for which, on closing the book, I found myself homesick.

-- "George Saunders, Booker Prize-winning author"

Reservoir 13 is deeply stirring and incredibly poetic. While the intricacies of relationships and the echo of sorrow over one family's loss ripples through years of ordinary days, the simple flow of daily life in a small town will resonate with everyone who has lived in or visited a rural area. This beautiful and melancholic book is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the deep connections of a small but tight-knit community.

-- "American Booksellers Association"