UCHICAGO PITTSBURGH ALUMNI BOOK GROUP
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
The Pittsburgh Book Club will meet at 7PM on Tuesday, June 12, to discuss Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. The June Book Club will be held at the Squirrel Hill home of Gunther & Klara Heilbrunn. Contact Steve Shandor, AB'84, MBA'88 at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming. Location details will be sent after emailing Steve.
We hope to see you all there! Below is a brief description of the book:
A young girl disappears outside a small village in northern England.
Three of Jon McGregor’s novels, including Reservoir 13, have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Reservoir 13, an atmospheric, meticulously crafted novel, begins like a mystery then quickly morphs into something altogether different. A family is visiting an English village for the New Year, and their 13-year-old daughter, Rebecca, goes for a walk and doesn’t return. The police conduct a search with some villagers at dawn. A helicopter has been out all night but found nothing. A van with fake number plates is discovered near Reservoir 7, and someone says it belonged to a man named Woods, who "wasn't the type of bloke you wanted to be talking to the police about." Six months pass: “It was as though the ground had just opened up and swallowed her whole.” In 13 chapters, each dealing with one year, an omniscient narrator chronicles the lives of the villagers and the impact the girl’s disappearance has on them.
“A stunningly good, understated novel told in a mesmerizing voice.” – Kirkus Review on Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor (born 1976) is a British novelist and short story writer. In 2002, his first novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize, making him the youngest ever contender. Born in Bermuda, McGregor was raised in the UK. He grew up in Norwich and Thetford, Norfolk. He studied for a degree in Media Technology and Production at Bradford University.