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  • ISBN: 9781636140445
  • ISBN: 1636140440
  • Physical Description: 128 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2022]

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"The Reservoir follows an unexceptional man in an exceptional time. We see our present-day pandemic world and New York City through the eyes of a former Wall Street veteran, Ridley, as he, in his enforced quarantined solitude, looks back upon his life. He examines his wins, his failures, the gnawing questions-his career, his divorce, his estranged daughter-and wonders what it all means and who he really is. Sitting and brooding night after night, gazing out his huge picture window high above the Central Park Reservoir, Ridley spots a flashing light in an apartment across the park as if a lonely quarantined person is signaling him in Morse code. His determination to find out who this mystery woman is, this fellow quarantine damsel in distress trapped in her own Fifth Avenue tower, leads him on an epic quest that will ultimately tempt him with either delusional madness or the fulfillment of his own mythic fate. Is he a dying man going mad or an everyman metamorphosing into a hero? Or both? We accompany Ridley as he leaves the safety of his apartment window to save the Fifth Avenue femme fatale and descends into a dangerous, increasingly surreal world of global conspiracies, madness, and sickness of this viral time; beyond that, into the enduring mysteries of love and fatherhood; and deeper still, into the bedrock mystery of life itself. As Ridley's actions grow more and more uncharacteristic, he realizes the key to all the mysteries of now, and even all of history, seem to lie deep beneath the freezing waters of the reservoir. The Reservoir is a twisted rom-com for our distanced time, when the merest touch could kill and conspiracy theories propagate like viruses-a contemporary union of Death in Venice, Rear Window, and The Plague"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 April #2
    Ridley is by himself in his twentieth-floor apartment with a cherished view of the reservoir in Central Park. COVID-19 has isolated everyone to some extent, but Ridley's aloneness is turning toxic, given his divorce, early retirement from Wall Street, and cranky near-estrangement from his daughter and grandchildren. Smart, articulate, witty, sardonic, brooding, and steeped in the city's history, Ridley has been taking all-night time-lapse photographs of the scene outside his window in the hope of creating a provocative work of art. But after he sees flashing lights in an apartment across the way and becomes convinced that a mysterious and, of course, beautiful woman needs his help, things take a strange and dire turn. This swift and unnerving fever-dream of a novella, Duchovny's fifth work of fiction, is saturated with mythic and literary allusions and shaped by resonant riffs on Poe and Mann. At once philosophical and suspenseful, grandly imaginative and sharply funny, this mind-bending story of delusion and longing is a dark reflection of New York's countless crimes and tragedies and much-tested resilience, emblematic of the suffering and tenacity of all of humanity. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David Duchovny is an award-winning actor, writer, director, New York Times best-selling author, and singer-songwriter. With an acting career spanning more than three decades, Duchovny is a two-time Golden Globe winner and four-time Emmy nominee. He is a prolific author whose fourth novel, Truly Like Lightning, was published in February 2021. His previous novels include Holy Cow, Bucky F*cking Dent, and Miss Subways. As a musician, Duchovny has released three studio albums, Hell or Highwater, Every Third Thought, and Gestureland.

Subject: COVID-19 (Disease) > Fiction.
City and town life > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Black humor.

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