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Bottle Grove
慾望小瓶酒吧
版本: 精裝240頁  2019 年 8 月 27 日  Bloomsbury Publishing出版
內容介紹

這是一個關於兩對夫婦、兩段婚姻、一家酒吧和舊金山初創企業的故事…

 

故事從一場婚禮開始,這場婚禮在舊金山的小瓶森林(Bottle Grove)舉行,這是一位富有的贊助者為公益事業所捐贈的。小瓶森林剛好有這間酒吧,也叫作小瓶酒吧(bottle grove bar),這裡是生活的十字路口,這裡有一片城市綠地、時髦的賓客、放蕩的青少年、酒醉的狂歡者和森林動物,大家都在這裡等待著日落。

 

30歲的馬丁(Martin)是小瓶酒吧的合夥人,他跟帕吉特(Padgett)一起準備瑞秋(Rachel)和班(Ben)的婚禮。帕吉特是個擁有信託基金的女人,聰明伶俐,但有酗酒問題。婚禮一開始,帕吉特就躲在角落,從咳嗽糖漿瓶子裡猛灌伏特加。

 

接著,婚禮以一聲巨響結束,當雷諾(Reynard)的另一半假裝是牧師,要對付他的不忠時,雷諾撞毀了自己的車試圖逃離她。婚禮後,馬丁和他的合夥人需要資金來支持他們的酒吧營業,馬丁策劃了一個計畫,讓帕吉特跟技術大亨維克(Vic)碰面,並引誘他掏出錢來。然而,當帕吉特意識到馬丁的心懷不軌後,並沒有參與這個計畫,她更發現維克是個非常複雜且擁有很多秘密的人。

 

另一方面,瑞秋和班仍然順利結婚,但她發現雷諾潛伏在她的身邊時,她感到非常不安,雷諾一直等待時機要勾引瑞秋。

 

作者巧妙地勾勒每個角色邪惡的一面,當所有的故事線匯集,所有的角色都盤算著自己的利益時,最終,原本相結合的兩個人將何去何從呢?

 

故事發生在科技大爆炸時期的舊金山,這是一部有趣又諷刺的黑色喜劇,描述了兩種形式結合的故事:一個是愛的結合,另一個則是貪婪的結合——以及驅使夫妻走到一起、走向依賴、然後走向邪惡、甚至超自然領域的力量。到最後你會發現,每個人都有自己的秘密。在貪婪、秘密和收入不平等的各種因素下,見證了兩次婚姻的變化。

作者介紹

丹尼爾‧韓德勒(Daniel Handler)最著名的小說為以筆名雷蒙‧斯尼奇(Lemony Snicket)發表的《波特賴爾大冒險》系列青少年讀物。他的第一本成人小說為The Basic Eight,起先更因為作品內容太過黑暗被許多出版社拒絕。著作還包括:All the Dirty Parts, We Are Pirates, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, Why We Broke Up。他畢業於衛斯理大學,妻子為插畫家Lisa Brown,目前與妻小居住在舊金山。


作者官網:https://www.danielhandler.com/

書評

“Set in San Francisco during the Big Bang of tech, this taut novel sees two marriages form and mutate under the influence of greed, secrets, and income inequality. With this dark, timely comedy, Handler continues to prove himself a writer of prodigious gifts.” ―Esquire, "Most Anticipated Books of the Year"


“A hilarious tale about unlikely couples set during the San Francisco dot-com explosion. . . . Handler cleverly exposes the sinister sides of his protagonists as they clamor for what they think they deserve. Readers expecting Handler's trademark humor and bite won't be disappointed.” ―Publishers Weekly


“A drunkenly humorous blend of alcohol, entrepreneurial ambitions, and a dash of cheating . . . [Handler's] quickwitted, timely characters and offbeat but perceptive one-liners make for an intoxicating delight. . . . Funny, irreverent, and clever.” ―Booklist
“This witty book is, like San Francisco itself, simultaneously glossy and grimy, hi-tech and low-life. Daniel Handler is one of the quickest minds around, and he is clearly having a grand time here, taking the reader down a drunken path that is both dreamy and as fast-paced as a screwball comedy.” ―Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of MODERN LOVERS and THE VACATIONERS


“Bottle Grove is a cozy bar, a haunted forest, and a spellbinding new novel by a master of contemporary fiction. With his sly sense of humor and surpassing wisdom about the wildness that exists just below the surface of our lives, Daniel Handler has created an entrancing and very modern story that doubles as a folklore for our time. It's one of those rare novels that you really don't want to end, and you're in luck, because you can read it again.” ―Tom Drury, author of PACIFIC


“Oh lucky you to have Bottle Grove in your hands! What a funny, riveting, heartbreaking, wise and joyous read you have ahead of you! A masterpiece by Daniel Handler, one of our greatest storytellers. How I envy you.” ―Andrew Sean Greer, author of LESS, Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize