A new novel by inarguably one of the most significant young authors of his generation in Europe, a major figure who is always widely and prominently reviewed in North American, and a celebrated voice Catapult is proud to publish here. In the UK, Reservoir 13 was a major acquisition for Fourth Estate, named a fiction highlight of 2017 by the Guardian, and is receiving stellar preview coverage ahead of publication.
An intimate portrait of a small town forever marked by a profound tragedy, Reservoir 13 rejects the easy answers in favor of a complicated and engaging narrative; the loss is suffered by an outsider and yet reverberates in small and large ways in the residents' own lives.
Reservoir 13 evokes the spirit of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, Zadie Smith's NW, and Hisham Matar's Anatomy of a Disappearance.
The narrative voice of the novel plays gorgeously with time; there is a consistent and compelling rhythm in the book as moments slow to a standstill, as if to give the reader a moment of respite, after which the story sweeps in again suddenly and the seasons change.
Reservoir 13 sweeps the reader up quickly—it’s quite easy to accidentally read in one sitting and yet still maintains a strong literary quality, understated and emotionally moving in equal measure.