What to say, what to say? I got this book in the clearance bin! Score. What else…
No, it wasn’t that terrible actually. But The Reserve by Russell Banks is not a book I’m going to go out of my way to recommend to friends. And since you are my friends too, readers, I am gonna say skip it to you as well. Unless, maybe, you have extra free time and find this in the bargain bin as I did.
Plot summary now commences: Setting- 1930’s Adirondacks. The rich, now divorced (scandal!) young daughter of a wealthy doctor is spending the July 4th holiday at the family “cabin”. When local artist, womanizing cliche Jordon Groves, flies in for a visit, this obnoxious socialite, Vanessa, decides to for some reason to destroy his home life. Yada Yada, other things ensue.
Okay, so I never really understood why any of the characters in the book were doing the stupid things they were doing. But then I didn’t really care either. I ended up skimming through portions of this book. I will say, however, that the scenic descriptions of the Adirondacks were beautiful, and I actually liked Groves’ wife– until I didn’t. And there are all these other loose pieces involving madness, and the Spanish Civil War, and dirigibles (of all things).
Anyways, I haven’t read any other Russell Banks books, but his others are rumored to be genius. Guess he just took a wrong turn on this one. But I got it on sale!!