The Reserve

The Reserve

A Novel

Book - 2008
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In this compelling novel – a cross between Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Aviator – the acclaimed modern master takes us to riveting new territory.

Part love story, part murder mystery, Russell Banks’s The Reserve is as gripping as it is beautifully written, set in a pre-WWII world of class, politics, art, love and madness.

Vanessa Cole is a stunningly beautiful and wild heiress, her parents’ adopted only daughter. Twice-married, she has been scandalously linked to rich and famous men. On the night of July 4, 1936, inside the Cole family’s remote Adirondack Mountain enclave, known as the Reserve, Vanessa will lose her father to a heart attack – and meet Jordan Groves, a seductively carefree local artist whose leftist political loyalties to his working class neighbours are undercut by his wealth and his clientele. Jordan is easy prey for Vanessa’s electrifying charm. But the heiress carries a dark family secret. Unhinged by her father’s unexpected death, she begins to spin out of control, manipulating and destroying the lives of all who cross her path.

Moving from the secluded beauty of the Adirondacks to war-torn Spain and fascist Germany, filled with characters that pierce the heart, The Reserve is a passionately romantic novel of suspense and drama that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author’s extraordinary repertoire.

Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780676979725
Branch Call Number: FIC Banks
Characteristics: 287 p.


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debwalker Jun 11, 2011

"I plan to read, in fact have just cracked open, Russell Banks’s The Reserve. Banks is a wonderful writer and the jacket copy (I used to write those and wax rhapsodic, so I never really trust those things) suggests it is a good story with a mystery element and some intriguing characters. A good summer read!"
Anna Porter
The Book I Must Read This Summer
Globe and Mail June 10 2011

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