Book choice for September 2018

Reservoir 13 [suggested by Ross Allatt]

Reservoir 13

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.

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. [product description from Amazon]

Author's Wikipedia page.

 

Shortlisted for this month

"Alternative" book selection was in place this month, with each attendee bringing a book for consideration. With so few attendees (5) and a good selection of books (4) voting was well spread, with each of the other three books receiving one vote. Two of these were:

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

First nominated in October 2014 - follow that link for the synopsis

Since that entry was written, it has transpired that the author uses several names. Her Wikipedia page uses her own name, but her website is registered under her other pen-name.

 

 

Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune

An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious young Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Entering a rough-and-tumble world of new arrivals driven mad by gold fever, Eliza moves in a society of single men and prostitutes with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chi'en. California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence to the young Chilean, and her search for her elusive lover gradually turns into another kind of journey. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is. [product description from Amazon]

The book has a Wikipedia page.

Author's Wikipedia page
Author's website.

Honourable mention for the fourth book -- A Man Called Ove -- first suggested in February 2018

 

 

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