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A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal
破碎的美麗
作者:Jen Waite
版本: 精裝272頁  2017 年 7 月 11 日  Plume出版
ISBN:9780735216464
內容介紹

Marco,曾是完美的。
他們的戀愛故事,曾像童話故事一般閃耀。
 
但是有沒有可能有一天,你發現你的生命全繞著打轉的那個人,全是假象⋯⋯。
有一天,你認為「絕對不會發生在你身上的事情」,全降臨在你身上⋯⋯。

Jen Waite經歷了這一切。她的生命原本安然無恙,與完美丈夫過著幸福快樂的生活,有一天她恍然大悟,她那親愛的丈夫、那嬰孩女兒的父親、摯友、一生的愛⋯⋯與所有精神疾病的標準條件相符。

赤裸裸、真實燙手的第一人稱敘述。Waite詳述每一個讓她心碎的發現、每一個摧毀生活的謊言,並慢慢推向這場粉碎的婚姻悲劇塵埃落定以後發生的事。

起先是一系列email火花的紛紛擾擾,Waite原先懷疑丈夫有外遇,她試圖想重新建立信任、為丈夫撇清罪名。然而在她找尋真相的過程中,卻逐漸揭示更多超乎她意料之外的謊言、不忠和背叛。她偏執地分析起這段感情、回憶每一寸過往,並揪住一切感情之中非謊言或操控的蛛絲馬跡,然而真相似乎並非她所嚮往的結局⋯⋯。

全書以兩條時序雙線敘述,讀者同時看著Waite的愛情的花苗與盛開,也同時閱讀著她的漫漫冬季。交錯的對比強烈,震撼且真實,令人椎心、不能自已。Waite從她年輕時應付著試鏡、模特與餐廳工作,「陳腔濫調」式的明星夢說起。如今走出傷痛的她,正在準備研究所要成為一位全職治療師。

文筆清新、直白深刻。本書已受到眾多讀者好評推薦。

作者介紹

Jen Waite在《今天》網站(Today.com)上的文章「痛苦的另一面」(The Other Side of Pain)獲得超過26萬次的點閱。她也為親子部落格「恐怖媽咪」(Scary Mommy)、Upworthy網站、親子專欄Romper,和《赫芬頓郵報》撰文分享她的生命故事。她已受到電視秀20/20和今日秀的未來合作邀請。

Waite現與女兒住在緬因州。正在準備研究所預備要成為一位專職治療師,針對精神疾病感情後創傷治療。

書評

“Like Big Little LiesA Beautiful Terrible Thing is a startling reminder that fairy tales aren’t real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I couldn’t turn away.”
Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted
 
“How do we really know the ones we love? Sometimes we don’t, and in Jen Waite’s harrowing, deeply intimate memoir, she gradually comes to discover that the husband she adores might actually be a sociopath. As raw and ragged as the edge of a blade, what makes this book so chilling is that it’s truly possible to fall in love with evil, and it can happen to anyone. Be forewarned: you won’t sleep until you finish the last page.”
Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World and the New York Times bestsellers, Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow

“Gripping from start to finish. A compelling and cautionary tale about how the longing to be adored and live inside a fairy tale makes you vulnerable to those charming sociopaths in search of someone to exploit.”
—Joe Burgo, PhD, author of The Narcissist You Know

“A twisting, compulsively readable story of devastating betrayal and survival. I could not put this book down.”
Leigh Stein, author of Land of Enchantment
 
“Jen Waite has illuminated the experience of betrayal with important and lyric light. Robert Mapplethorpe said, ‘Nothing is finished until you see it.’  I would add that nothing is finished until you tell it as well and as fairly as she has.”
Suzanne Finnamore, bestselling author of Otherwise Engaged and Split

“A dramatic and powerful case study of dating and marrying someone who may have a hidden personality disorder. Without knowing the warning signs, you too can be caught by surprise.”
—Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD, coauthor of Splitting 
 
“A woman discovers her husband is not whom she thought he was. [T]ension, disbelief, and grief permeate the pages … Those who have been in a manipulative partnership with a narcissistic or abusive person will find Waite’s honest retelling relevant and potent”
—Kirkus

“In this emotionally charged memoir, Waite describes how the man she married turned out to be not at all what he seemed. A well-written and at times gripping story of deceit.”
Publishers Weekly

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