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The Ninth Hour
第九小時
版本: 精裝256頁  2017 年 9 月 19 日  Farrar, Straus and Giroux出版
內容介紹

◎ 紐約時報暢銷書和美國國家圖書獎獲獎作家愛麗絲.麥德莫(Alice Mcdermott)最新著作《第九小時》(The Ninth Hour),描述了1940-50年代,美國布魯克林愛爾蘭裔三代的家族肖像,是本充滿人性刻劃的動人小說。

◎ 《第九小時》是美國當代最優秀的作家之一-愛麗絲‧麥德茉(Alice McDermott)的又一最高傑作,呈現出作者對文字和故事的透明度和智慧。


在一個昏沉的冬天午後,年輕的愛爾蘭裔移民吉姆(Jim),打發妻子安妮(Annie)外出購物,隨後便獨自在布魯克林的住處,打開了瓦斯……


他決心向最近解雇他的老闆、懷孕的妻子證明,只有他才是自己生命中時間的主宰者。大火一發不可收拾,在貧病區的一位修女看見大火後,趕到了現場,見到的景象是聚集的人群、忙著滅火的消防員,和瀕臨崩潰的遺孀安妮。修女對新寡的安妮和她肚子裡尚未出生的孩子感到遺憾,她為安妮母女指引了未來的前進之路。修女安排安妮在修道院的洗衣房工作,而安妮的女兒也在洗衣機的聲響和熨斗的嘶嘶聲中長大。


在二十世紀初期的天主教布魯克林教區,修道院和修女們參與了民眾的大多數生活,他們將禮教、迷信和恥辱相互串通,抹煞了吉姆曾經存在和他自殺的事實。雖然吉姆的自殺過往從未被提起過,但經歷數代之間的迴響、更迭,仍考驗著愛與犧牲、原諒與遺忘的人性界限。


麥德莫述說的這個故事,娓娓道來愛和道德如何在三個世代裡流轉,為讀者帶來了既具獨特性,同時也具普世性的感情理解。

作者介紹

愛麗絲.麥德莫(Alice Mcdermott) 1953年出生於美國布魯克林畢業於紐約州立大學,在新罕布夏大學取得碩士學位。麥德莫在大學修習寫作課時,即顯露天生的作家稟賦,極受寫作班老師的青睞。除了最新小說《第九小時》(The Ninth Hour)外,還著有7本小說,包括《重婚者之女》(Bigamists Daughter)、《那一夜》(That Night)、《婚禮與守靈夜》(At Weddings and Wakes)、《迷人的比利》(Charming Billy)(榮獲當年的美國國家圖書獎)、《於此之後》(After This)和《某人》(Someone)。她的小說均備受肯定,曾獲美國國家圖書獎、懷丁作家獎、費茲傑羅獎和Corrington文學獎和三次普立茲獎最佳小說獎提名,是美國當代最傑出作家之一。《紐約時報》、《華盛頓郵報》、《今日美國》、《大西洋月刊》、《紐約客》等各大書刊都刊載過麥德莫的文章和評論。她目前與丈夫、三個小孩居住在華盛頓。

書評

“McDermott's highly crafted writing – her poised sentences, finely wrought imagery, intricate structuring and emotionally laden detail – is not just clever, but poignant.” ─Sunday Times

 

“Prose that can feel almost physically radiant … Any emotional turn brings a chance in light, often imbued with a sense of grace ... McDermott is an extraordinary writer.” ─Sunday Telegraph

 

“Alice McDermott deserves to be far better known in the UK … In McDermott's stripped-down prose, details as commonplace as a vase of fading lilacs speak volumes, making for a complex portrait that's both particular and universal.” ─Daily Mail

 

“Her wisdom, gently hewn out of the stuff of every day, shines through … Here is the simple but priceless gift of seeing the beauty of things and knowing that even through pain and loss that beauty will abide and indeed glow brighter the longer we look.” ─The Times

 

“It is easy to fall in love with Alice McDermott's prose. Her endearing details and graceful sentences value the ordinary confusions of day-to-day lives.” ─Times Literary Supplement

 

“Her sentences know themselves so beautifully: what each has to deliver and how best to do it, within a modicum of space, with minimal fuss.” ─New York Times

得獎紀錄

Alice Mcdermott

1987 Whiting Award
2013 Inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.


Works

  • That Night (1987) — finalist for the National Book Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer Prize
  • At Weddings and Wakes (1992) — finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
  • Charming Billy (1998) — winner of an American Book Award (1999) and the National Book Award
  • Child of My Heart : A Novel (2002) — nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection
  • After This (2006) — finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
  • Someone (2013) - longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award Fiction, shortlisted for 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award fiction, and finalist for 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize
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