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THE GOOD OIL
他們的故事,進行式
作者:Laura Buzo
版本: 平裝300頁  2010 年 8 月  Allen & Unwin出版
內容介紹

“艾蜜莉亞‧海斯小姐,歡迎來到夢幻之地!我負責訓練新進員工,我將管你叫”小伙子”,你則尊稱我一聲”sensei’,我就會好好的照顧你。對了,讓你知道一下,我對於任何形式的賄賂都來者不拒。”

15歲的艾蜜莉亞第一天到Woolworth超市上班,克里斯就這麼輕輕鬆鬆的擄獲了她的心。隨著時間的過去,艾蜜莉亞無可就藥的愛上了這個幽默、吸引人的大學男孩。在家庭、中學、朋友中都有些格格不入的艾蜜莉亞,偏偏和克里斯特別投契,從第二波女權運動到Charles Dickens的Great Expectations到電影”異形”,無話不談。不過,他們倆的年齡差了6歲多,等到下班後大伙兒要到酒吧去喝兩杯的時候,這個差距尤其令人無法忽視與感到遺憾。

但是,克里斯是否像他表面上看來的那麼自在、無憂無慮?他是否能接受艾蜜莉亞的感情?

本書一開始的時候,是由艾蜜莉亞的角度來描寫她的生活與感情,之後又化身為克里斯的日記,敘述他位於人生、感情、事業的交叉路口,自我放逐的心境與經歷。交錯的安排,讓讀者得以窺得故事的全貌。作者深入觀察與精確描寫現代青年、少年生活、感情的各個面向,不只是寫出了一段青澀、甘苦參半的初戀,本書的開放式結局更是餘韻繚繞,又帶給我們一絲的期待與希望。作者Laura Buzo擔任社工人員,本書是她的處女作,清新細膩、獨樹一格,是一部難得一見的小說。Allen & Unwin全公司為之驚艷,青少年書部門發行人Erica Wagner親自推薦本書給公司營銷人員與各主要書店、通路,因此本書的書評將很罕見的由他們提供給大家參考。

 

本書2010 8月 出版,有電子檔可提供審閱。

作者介紹

Laura Buzo是一個社工人員,育有一女,和一隻鄰居送她的暹邏貓Princess Miyasama Blu Magik定居於澳洲雪梨市。這是她的第一本小說。

書評

‘I feel about this manuscript the way I felt about the first draft of Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi. Here is a fresh, beautiful, young, contemporary voice, a new writer with wonderful potential and a novel you can fall in love with. It is told in two voices – 15-year-old Amelia and 21-year-old Chris and is a wonderful portrait of an unconventional relationship. The style is smart and sophisticated, hip and accessible, warm and funny.’ Erica Wagner, Publisher, Allen & Unwin

Bloody brilliant and I'm not even the intended audience' - Chris Burgess, A&U Sales Manager

'Have to drag myself away from Good Oil to reply! Exaggeration but only just - CANNOT wait to hit bed tonight and get back to that glorious book.' - Deb Stevens, A&U Sales Rep

"… I'm not the intended audience for this, but I think that's why it is so special. It is extremely well written, the characters are lifelike and really easy to identify with. It got me in, I absolutely loved it, but at the same time, I kept thinking it would also appeal to my 19 year old - who worked at Woolworths in her final 2 years of school, like Amelia, and is now at uni, like Chris - she would get both characters. Amelia herself reminded me of my 17 year old; My rather 'wise for her years' 13 year old read it after me and she connected with it too, prompting some rather interesting discussions about life and love and how you see things differently at different ages in your life... an absolute winner." - Liz Lohmeyer, A&U Qld State Manager

'Just wanted to tell you that Shana has forsaken Facebook, various DVDs and Skype and has been on the couch reading The Good Oil for about 90 minutes. I take that as a good sign.' - Toni, Booktopia

'I just wanted to let you know that I read Good Oil on your recommendation and I loved it. I can't wait for it to come in now so I can sell it to all my lovely customers! - Emma, Dymocks