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Girl Through Glass: A Novel
玻璃窗內的女子
版本: 精裝304頁  2016 年 1 月 26 日  Harper出版
ISBN:978-0062326270
內容介紹

一部迷人的文學創作,講述一名年輕女孩在紐約競爭激烈的芭蕾圈中成長的故事。故事的主軸圍繞著迷戀與追求完美,信任與背叛,美麗與消失的純真。

1977年騷動的夏季,身處於紐約競爭激烈的芭蕾舞界,11歲大的米菈野心勃勃。承受著雙親仳離所帶來的壓力與混亂,她在芭蕾這種須長時間不斷苦練,以求動作精準並講求極致美學的舞蹈中,找到情緒的出口。芭蕾讓她取得人生的掌控權,為她帶來影響力,及光明的前途。同時也引領她結識47歲的莫里斯.都彭,一名隱遁孤寂,卻極有個人魅力的芭蕾舞迷,成為她的良師益友。

在短短的3年間,米菈獲准進入傳奇人物喬治.巴蘭欽所創辦的知名美國芭蕾學校就讀,最終成為「B女孩」其中一員──代表她有極為罕見的舞蹈天賦,成功指日可待。當她在芭蕾舞界持續竄升之時,她與莫里斯的關係也越見緊密,觸動了她內心的黑暗角落,燃起了意外的渴望,最終顛覆了兩人各自的人生。

時至今日,凱特,一名於中西部學院任教的舞蹈教授,因與學生的一段不當關係,讓自己好不容易改換身分才建立起來的事業及新生活,面臨危機。當收到一封原以為早已死去的人的來信,凱特頓時墜入早以為遠去的昔日惡夢。
《玻璃窗內的女子》,同時以過去及現在時序,交替闡述野心、秘密及渴求美麗的代價;並向讀者揭示,那些為了追求理想所付出的犧牲,也許會摧毀──或拯救──我們。

作者介紹

莎莉.威爾森(Sari Wilson)曾是紐約哈克尼斯芭蕾舞團(Harkness Ballet)舞者,亦是艾略特.費爾德(Eliot Feld)新芭蕾學校(New Ballet School)的獎學金公費生。她曾任史丹佛大學華勒斯.史達格納研究員、普林斯頓藝術中心研究員,也在《Agni》、《Oxford American》、《Slice》以及《Third Coast》等雜誌發表其創作小說。作者現與夫婿、漫畫家Josh Neufeld定居於布魯克林。

作者官網: http://www.sariwilson.com/

書評

“The book’s subject is less the ballet itself than the costs of early virtuosity—the feeling of being propelled by a force you don’t understand and can’t control—and the dangerous intoxication of the perfect, weightless moments when everything but ‘air, motion, height’ falls away.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A tragic depiction of a girl adored far too soon by a grown-up world…Artfully rendered through the viewpoint of an adolescent dancer who performs with great maturity while remaining fatefully naïve...So visceral, so real.” (Washington Post)

“A haunting portrait of obsession, ambition, sacrifice, and the secrets one woman thought she left in the past.” (Buzzfeed)

“Powerful. Gripping. Incandescent…As powerful storytelling kept me turning the pages, Wilson’s extraordinary voice whispered to me about the things that both bind and divide us: desire, ambition and love. This book will stay in my heart for a long time.” (Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of GIRL IN TRANSLATION)

“Few novels have affected me as deeply as Sari Wilson’s GIRL THROUGH GLASS…I loved, loved, loved this novel. So much so that I hid from my kids in the bathroom so I could read it!” (Joanna Rakoff, author of MY SALINGER YEAR)

“Wilson’s take on the New York City dance scene is pungent and vivid and slyly satirical…This novel of a girl who grows up way too soon is deftly plotted and beautifully written, and is about as suspenseful and affecting as a coming-of-age story can be.” (Daniel Orozco, author of ORIENTATION AND OTHER STORIES)

“An astonishing debut. At once chilling and sensual, furious and tender, GIRL THROUGH GLASS…will leave you haunted, mesmerized, and wanting more. I loved it.” (Elizabeth L. Silver, author of THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON)

“Only a writer of very remarkable gifts could have the stylistic brilliance, the athletic daring, speed, power of ellipsis, the leap—to tell this dark story correctly, and to bring to life its principals…In her stunning first novel, Sari Wilson has done just this.” (Jaimy Gordon, author of LORD OF MISRULE, Winner of the National Book Award)

“GIRL THROUGH GLASS explores a lost New York through the eyes of a gifted young dancer struggling to harness the ecstatic power she wields…Lush with the shame and exhilaration that lie at the lip of adolescence, Sari Wilson’s debut novel bravely explores the risks of celebrating precocity.” (Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of BITTERSWEET )

“Sari Wilson has created a dark and beautiful world in these pages filled with complex and fascinating characters. GIRL THROUGH GLASS is an impressive debut novel that will thrill readers with its steadily mounting tension, which builds, layer upon layer, to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.” (John Searles, bestselling author of HELP FOR THE HAUNTED and STRANGE BUT TRUE )

“In her lyrical debut novel, GIRL THROUGH GLASS, Sari Wilson explores the beauty and complexity of time and the emergence of a woman’s identity. This engrossing story, told with great artistry, captures the romance and rigor of art-making. Sari’s prose is balletic: elegant, musical, and captivating.” (Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award)

“A debut novel of exceptional daring and verve, Sari Wilson’s GIRL THROUGH GLASS is a chilling, evocative portrait of the 1970s New York dance world and the young lives it consumed.” (Kate Walbert, author of OUR KIND, National Book Award finalist)

“…an intense, engrossing novel.” (National Review)

“A nimble, nuanced psychological drama that leaps through time and place with an appropriate and assured agility...Wilson speaks with vibrant authority and acute vulnerability as she exposes the conflicted and competitive behind-the-scenes world of professional ballet.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Uniformly engrossing…Mira and Maurice’s relationship has the fairy tale feel of Beauty and the Beast, but the pages brim with the realism of gritty, crime-riddled New York…Surprising and bittersweet…elevates the coming-of-age story with a dark undercurrent about the cost of obsession.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An absorbing novel, rich with detail both about ballet and New York. Alongside the unusual setting of Mira’s realm of dance are the…emotional struggles of a young woman dealing with adolescence, complicated by precocious talent…For readers who appreciate complex characters and a carefully crafted style.” (Library Journal)

“Compelling…Mira’s story is fueled by a rage that burns intensely; the sacrifice, the dark side of her pursuit, will touch readers to the core…This portrayal of a ballerina’s transformation and sacrifice burns with the beauty of fire: it’s powerful, it’s destructive, and it dares you to try and look away.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Intense and mesmerizing.” (People Magazine)

“…a complex coming-of-age debut.” (The Week)

“Poignant, dark and powerfully written…” (PureWow)