Friday, February 15, 2008

The Reserve

by Russell Banks

July 4, 1936 is a huge day in the life of Vanessa Cole. It is the day that artist Jordan Groves lands his seaplane by her family's fancy "camp" in the Adirondacks. It is the same day that her father, Dr. Cole, dies of a heart attack.

Sex, intrigue, murder, and the revelation of family secrets are only part of what follows the eventful day in Miss Cole’s life. Vanessa is not exactly sane, and she will drag multiple outsiders into her world, forcing them to act against their own wishes and/or instincts.

I don't know exactly how I'd classify this novel, but I'd recommend it as a period piece. An exclusive enclave in the Adirondacks in 1936 makes for an interesting setting.


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