類別:文學小說/家庭小說.
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A Catalog of Birds
飛鳥集
版本: 平裝224頁  2017 年 7 月 11 日  Europa Editions出版
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內容介紹

「哈靈頓的文章既強烈又溫柔,故事如此具有感染力。《飛鳥集》是一本關於家庭、失去和愛情的小說。書裡的角色令人難以忘懷,會在你放下書本很久之後依然縈繞在你的心頭。」─克萊兒‧墨蘇德(Claire Messud),著有《樓上的女人》(The Woman Upstairs)

 

《飛鳥集》(A Catalog of Birds)描述了弗林家族的故事和越戰所帶來的毀滅性影響,也敘述了兄弟姊妹間的情誼,以及兄弟姊妹對大自然的愛如何拯救了家族生命的動人故事。

 

比例‧弗林(Billy Flynn)是個迷人的年輕人,一個愛國者,也是一個藝術家,並熱愛著大自然。時間是1970年,美國歷史重要時刻的分水嶺,越戰的持續,使比利無法抗拒國家情勢而投向軍旅生涯。比利成為一名飛行員,實現他終生的飛行夢想。

 

然而,一年後,比利是直升機艦隊在越戰中唯一的倖存者。

 

受傷的比利回到紐約北部的家中。比利發現在他不在的時候,他的愛人神秘地消失了。而他因戰爭遺留的傷口也限制了他畫素描,甚至拿鉛筆的能力,受損的聽力也使他遠離熱愛的大自然。比利的妹妹奈爾(Nell)是傑出的科學研究生,當比利努力要恢復過去的生活時,內爾和家人們將盡一切可能幫助他…

 

《飛鳥集》是關於一個無法被治癒的無辜靈魂的故事,或許這個傷痕永遠不會痊癒,而戰爭的遺留和對自然的破壞也無法復原,但是透過弗林家庭的故事,或許我們都會得到寬癒,重新獲得力量,找到未來的出口。

作者介紹

蘿拉‧哈林頓(Laura Harrington)已創作了幾十部戲劇、音樂劇和歌劇,這些劇碼都曾在百老匯和休士頓大歌劇院演出。哈林頓曾兩度獲得戲劇文化獎和麻塞諸塞州議會最佳新戲劇獎。哈林頓在麻省理工學院教授編劇寫作,她也曾榮獲2009年麻省理工學院的列維坦獎(Levitan Prize)。她的第一部小說《Alice Bliss》曾獲得2012年麻薩諸塞州圖書獎小說(2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction)。

 

作者官網:http://www.lauraharringtonbooks.com/

書評

“Stunning natural descriptions provide a rich backdrop for Harrington’s beautifully articulated coming-of-age story, which captures the pain of loved ones grappling with the after effects of war.” —Booklist (Starred)

 

“A sensitive rendering of shattered lives.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“… one of the great pleasures of reading A Catalog of Birds is that it’s as impossible to categorize as it is to put down. The smooth path of Nell’s life is interrupted by tragedy. Her best friend, Megan, disappears mysteriously, and her beloved brother, Billy, comes home from Vietnam severely injured. At once, the novel becomes a searing war story and a page-turning thriller.” —The Washington Post

 

“Her prose sings, sweeping through heavy topics with a quiet sense of resilience and buoyant hope.” —Publisher's Weekly

 

“In language that is both lyrical and horrifying, A Catalog of Birds questions what it means to be an American, and offers what can be salvaged, or hoped, for a future.” —Consequence Magazine

 

“Harrington’s prose is fierce and tender both, and the story so powerful. Taut and true, A Catalog of Birds is a beautiful book about family, loss and love. Its memorable characters will haunt you long after you put it down.” —Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

 

“Laura Harrington’s lyrical and unforgettable A Catalog of Birds explores what makes a life worth living. Harrington paints both human frailties and the Vietnam conflict with empathetic clarity she does best and the parallels between our recent wars in the Middle-East are both nuanced and startlingly wise.” —Siobahn Fallon, The Confusion of Languages



“A Catalog of Birds is a heartbreaking journey into the soul of America.” —Randy Susan Meyers,
The Widow of Wall Street



“Laura Harrington has written a rich, dense, beautifully crafted novel.” —Ann Napolitano,
A Good Hard Look



“There is a fierceness to this book. A Catalog of Birds is an absolute marvel of a novel.” —Robin Black,
Life Drawing



“A Catalogue of Birds immerses us in a world of family love; of yearning and faith and the devastation wrought by war on the human heart. Laura Harrington weaves American history and natural history into a riveting story of damage and resilience. Harrington's voice is as clear and distinctive as a bird call.” —Rachel Kadish, award-winning author of The Weight of Ink

 

“Laura Harrington’s new novel, A Catalog of Birds, is as accomplished as it is brave. As writers continue to peel away the layers of our involvement in Vietnam, few have ventured as close to the bone as Harrington.” —Wicked Local Beverly