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Winter Wheat
冬麥
版本: 平裝306頁  1992 年 12 月 1 日  Bison Books; Revised ed. edition出版
ISBN:978-0803297418
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內容介紹

這是一個關於18歲Ellen Webb的故事,她的父親出生於佛蒙特州,母親來自俄羅斯,他們在第一次世界大戰時結為連理,並來到了蒙大拿州的巴頓以務農維生,他們擁有一座穀倉和一間雜貨店。1940年,如果今年小麥豐收的話,Ellen便可以去上大學,時間來到九月,「彷彿在寧靜的一天中裝滿整整一星期的大風,我是說那種會把沙塵吹進你眼睛、頭髮和齒縫的風,即使進到室內仍能聽到在你耳邊呼嘯的風。」農作的確是大豐收,因此Ellen順利地進入大學,結果卻立刻陷入愛河:「我並不想這麼快就談戀愛,但這種事誰也無能為力,就像原本計畫在四月播種,但到了三月時卻是春暖花開,土地已經準備好了。」

Ellen與Gil預計在夏季收成後舉行婚禮,然而當Gil來到了蒙大拿州,他看不見這裡旱地小麥農的美,Ellen開始用全新的批判眼光檢視所有的事物,包括她的父母,以及她自己的愛情與人生。

Suitable as YA fiction or for adult readers, it tells the story of eighteen-year-old Ellen Webb. Her Vermont-born father and Russian-born mother, married during the first World War, have come as homesteaders to Barton, Montana - a grain-elevator and general store. It is 1940, the year Ellen will start college if the wheat harvest is good; it is September, "like a quiet day after a whole week of wind. I mean that wind that blows dirt into your eyes and hair and between your teeth and roars in your ears after you've gone inside." The harvest pays and Ellen goes off to college, where she immediately falls in love: "I hadn't meant to fall in love so soon, but there's nothing you can do about it. It's like planning to seed in April and then having it come off so warm in March that the earth is ready." Ellen and Gil plan their marriage for after the summer harvest. But Gil arrives and doesn't find Montana or the life of dry-land wheat farmers beautiful. Ellen begins to see everything, including her parents, with new and critical eyes in this unsparing and poignant examination of love and life.

作者介紹

Mildred Schemm Walker於1905年5月2日出生,她是一位美國小說作家,出版了12部小說,曾入圍美國國家圖書獎,畢業於韋爾斯大學與密西根大學,在1955年到1968年間任教於韋爾斯大學,1998年在波特蘭奧勒岡州辭世。

作者官網:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/26073.Mildred_Walker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mildred_Walker

書評

"Describes a young woman’s emotional and spiritual awakening as she confronts the disappointments and marvels of love. . . . Walker’s heroine recognizes that love, like winter wheat, requires faith and deep roots to survive the many hardships that threaten its endurance"—Belles Lettres

"You are either a Mildred Walker enthusiast or you are missing one of the best writers on the American scene."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Mildred Walker writes with distinction, and this penetrating story of a young girl's struggle to understand her parents and herself is a sincere, honest, and substantial novel, superb as a picture of family life and as a view of one part of rural America."—Los Angeles Times

"Miss Walker's writing glows with a simplicity that is admirably suited to the land she loves and to the characters she portrays."—New York Times

"The vivid sense of place and region are themselves major achievements."—Saturday Review of Literature

"The universality which is the prerequisite of good books is here. Mildred Walker can make you know and feel the earth and the wheat. She can evoke almost tangible heat and cold."
—Book Week

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Bison Books從1992年再版至今已銷售了超過6萬本,這是一本經典文學作品