Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Reservoir Tapes

Connected. The quirky exploration of an ordinary place and a missing girl that Jon McGregor began with his novel titled, Reservoir 13, continues with a new book titled, The Reservoir Tapes. McGregor offers fifteen perspectives of members of this small community. In this second novel, McGregor helps readers see how a tragedy can fade into the background life of any community. The village we met in the first novel seems very different in the second. McGregor first presented this narrative on BBC Radio 4, and some readers may want to receive the text in audio rather than print form. I found that hearing helped me appreciate McGregor’s skill in capturing the cadences of everyday speech, while connecting the pieces to allow us to gain insight into how people reveal their inner selves. While this novel stands on its own, when read in conjunction with the earlier novel, a reader can appreciate the breadth of McGregor’s writing expertise. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Reservoir Tapes from

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