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Hold Still
當我們靜止
版本: 精裝320頁  2016 年 3 月 28 日  Liveright Publishing (國外權利人為:ICM)出版
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內容介紹

亞馬遜書店2016熱門書單又一推薦!其編輯群將此書的精采度和去年美籍華裔小說家Celeste Ng(吳綺詩)出版的《Everything I Never Told You》相提比較,《Everything I Never Told You》去年是以黑馬之姿獲選為亞馬遜編輯團隊的年度最佳小說,其編輯表示,若讀者喜愛此類親情議題的小說,《當我們靜止》將會是下一本讀者絕對不能錯過的感人力作!

 

每一段關係,都有機會走到無法重修的那一天,
那麼,母女關係也是這樣嗎?

 

故事要從一個寧靜的午後海邊說起,這是瑪雅泰勒和她的女兒艾莉在佛羅里達度假的最後一天了,八歲的艾莉正值精力旺盛時期,她央求著媽媽讓她下水遊完最後一次便離開,瑪雅此時已裹上些許不合時節的毛衣,於是點點頭讓艾莉自行玩去。

 

為何到哪都覺得冷呢…瑪雅心想,一邊拉了拉毛衣看著遠方的艾莉,她開心使勁地在海中翻滾著,一顆小頭上上下下,時而近時而遠…忽然間,瑪雅突然有著無比強烈的欲望,希望艾莉此時此刻得回到她的身邊,不明襲擊而來的恐懼讓她扯開喉嚨呼叫著艾莉,天啊,我不能失去她,瑪雅奮力地往前游,吸了水後厚重的毛衣就這樣往下拉扯著她的身體,然而在瑪雅抓住艾莉的瞬間,艾莉給了媽媽一個大大的微笑,媽,我沒事啊!

 

瑪雅緊緊地抱住艾莉,這一刻彷彿就是永恆,而這平靜、真摯的母女之情,任誰也不曾想過巨變的一天也將會到來…

 

馬雅泰勒是一名英文文學教授,因為心中必須藏起的秘密,她計畫著將女兒艾莉送往佛羅里達當朋友家的保母。此時的艾莉已經二十歲了,她對生活茫然,也害怕這次的遠行亦只是另一段失望的開端…

 

在一個潮濕的午後,悲劇發生了。果然,我又犯了一個無可原諒的錯,艾莉想著,這一次,可能真的再也無法收回了…

 

本書隨著母女兩條故事線的發展,描繪、探討專屬於母女間的情感糾結…
女人間的親密和牽絆,誰也替代不了,
但女人間的細膩和脆弱,有時卻讓誰也無法勇敢地去原諒誰。

 

家庭是人生最難解的課題之一,本書作者林‧史黛格強將帶領大家進入一個扣人心弦的故事,讓讀者都能自在地從故事中的共鳴去爬梳自己和家人的關係,或那些矛盾未解的題。

作者介紹

Lynn Steger Strong,林‧史黛格強,一位新興的美國小說家,為美國哥倫比亞大學的MFA小說創作碩士,現和先生、兩個女兒、和一隻狗居於南佛羅里達,亦在母校哥倫比亞大學教授專業寫作。

《當我們靜止》(暫譯,Hold Still,2016)是Lynn Steger Strong第一部即將發行的小說,這部小說尚未推出即獲得各界許多期待,曾經獲得普利茲獎的美國小說家Richard Ford更表示,Lynn Steger Strong對於一般生活有著接近完美的洞察力,更有著一顆柔軟和充滿好奇的心,因此,閱讀她的小說讓我們擁有能審視自己的人生的機會,以及再度認識自己的能力和勇氣。 

書評

“Lynn Steger Strong has a great eye for the visible world, a near perfect sensor for those of us living in it, and a deep compassion and curiosity for how we go astray and find ourselves again.” (Richard Ford)

 

“A tragedy lurks at the heart of Lynn Steger Strong’s achingly sad, achingly beautiful debut novel. How do you forgive your child after she does the unthinkable? How can you not? Hold Still quietly builds to a perfect crescendo, an ending that is both surprising and true.” (Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie)

 

“Strong has produced a family saga both familiar and strange, told in kaleidoscopic detail, dancing back and forth in time, balletically slow yet always knife tight, philosophical, interrogative and smart. I read with my heart in my throat.” (Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls from Corona del Mar)

 

“Lynn Strong is clearly a spy. The espionage-level attention paid to the most seemingly invisible things and words and gestures that comprise the world, well, I feel like Strong broke a code that nobody else has broken. She allows us to better understand what we often see but fail to fully comprehend. Also this novel is really heartbreaking. And I loved these characters. ‘Strong debut’ has a whole new meaning after Hold Still. Keep an eye on Strong, that's my advice. And not because she's likely watching you. Because she is a writer worth watching.” (Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock)

 

“In this compelling debut, Lynn Steger Strong paints a portrait of familial love that is real, visceral, and all the more dangerous for being unconditional. Her characters show us that loving someone deeply can be a fraught act―and trying to gain distance from them, even more so.” (Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine)

 

“Who do we blame when a good kid makes one disastrous mistake? The parents? The child? The bad influences lingering at the margins? Lynn Strong's captivating novel explores questions of blame and guilt from many points of view, all of them rendered with tenderness, compassion, and surprising humor. A little bit Lionel Shriver, a little bit Virigina Woolf. Hold Still is a terrific debut.” (Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver)

 

“What keeps the pages turning is the desperate, botched attempts at familial love between family members, none of whom seem to know quite what they want, bringing to mind the Tolstoy quote, ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Here, the mercurial rendering of this particular unhappy family makes it a heart-wrenching read in its very own way.” (Publishers Weekly)

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