The Reserve: A Novel (Paperback)

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Gibson's Book Club reads The Reserve, by Russell Banks

Monday, March 5th, 2018 5:30 p.m.

— From Gibson's Book Club, 2017-2018

Indie Next List Highlights 2008


“Over the course of one summer month in the Adirondacks in 1936, lives unravel and secrets are revealed in unexpected ways. Combining suspense and drama, Banks is in top form as he explores themes of old money, the working class, love, and honor. Finally, he illustrates how tenuous all our societal and familial roles truly are.”
— Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

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Part love story, part murder mystery, set on the cusp of the Second World War, Russell Banks's sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, politics, art, love, and madness—and explores what happens when two powerful personalities, trapped at opposite ends of a social divide, begin to break the rules. Moving from the secluded beauty of the Adirondack wilderness to the skies above war-torn Spain and Fascist Germany, The Reserve is a clever, incisive, and passionately romantic novel of suspense that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author's extraordinary repertoire.

Praise For…


“Like our living literary giants Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon, Russell Banks is a great writer wrestling with the hidden secrets and explosive realities of this country.”

“Russell Banks’s work presents without falsehood and with tough affection the uncompromising moral voice of our time... I trust his portraits of America more than any other—the burden of it, the need for it, the hell of it.”

“Banks ranks among our boldest artists.”

“A vividly imagined book. It has the romantic atmosphere of those great 1930s tales in film and prose, and it speeds the reader along from its first pages…Banks’ talents are so large - and the novel so fundamentally engaging…THE RESERVE is a pleasure well worth savoring.”

“A cool noir thriller...This is new and wonderful turf for this masterful storyteller.”

“...sexy, almost guilty pleasure of a read...”

“...this powerful and beautiful Russell Banks novel is close to a masterpiece.”

“[A] riveting narrative, featuring an almost pot-boiling love story . . . tantalizing . . . Banks works with a vast palette and a sure stylistic command. The Reserve gratifies page by page.”

“Russell Banks’s work presents without falsehood and with tough affection the uncompromising moral voice of our time. I trust his portraits of America more than any other.”

“Banks’s willingness to confront… the hard truths about the world we live in… goes a long way toward explaining his longstanding reputation as one of America’s finest contemporary fiction writers.”

“The novel’s strength...is the story Banks has to tell... ‘The Reserve’ captures the drama, not just of these characters’ lives, but of this moment in American history.”

“As a love letter to the mountains and greenery and water, [The Reserve] conveys deep feeling.”

“...[A]n almost pot-boiling love story set against a backdrop of global unrest and clearly demarcated class tensions...[it] has character and scene--as well as suspense and surprise--in abundance.”

“[The Reserve] is beautifully and elegantly written, showing the author as a lover of language....[T]his powerful and beautiful Russell Banks novel is close to a masterpiece.”

“The Reserve is a page-turner from the moment mad beauty Vanessa Cole insinuates herself aboard the biplane of Hemingway-esque antihero Jordan Groves.”

“Banks...displays a vivid immediacy that puts you right in the middle of things.”

“Banks peels back [the characters’] gloss so that we can enter their interior.”

“Banks’s new novel, The Reserve, may well be the best--and darkest--work of fiction written to date about the storied regiou of high peaks, glacial lakes, and vast forests covering an area nearly teh size of Massachusetts.”

“[The Reserve]...holds lessons for our own time. It’s a supremely well-written book...”

“...[Russell Banks] carved out a reputation with words, bu producing some of the best fiction of our time.”

“...Banks has immersed himself in the time he’s writing about and manages to evoke Hemingway without ever aping his style...”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061430268
ISBN-10: 0061430269
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 10th, 2009
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: P.S.