TIDES

潮汐

類別 : 女性小說
ISBN:978-0802159175
頁數 : 256
出版 : Grove Press, 2022 年 1 月 16 日
版本 : 精裝版
版權窗口 : 繁體博達代理Yu-Shiuan / 简体博達代理Yu-Shiuan

內容介紹

「出色、優雅、豪不避諱,一場探索自我的抒情沈思:莎拉·弗里曼用詩人的眼光,照亮了一個漂泊的女人,內心風景的變化。」——美國作家艾瑪·克萊恩(Emma Cline)


一位才華橫溢的新人、亨菲爾德獎得主薩拉弗里曼以一部令人陶醉的緊湊小說首次亮相,講述了一個女人走出自己的生活並在海邊小鎮接受生命的洗禮。

 

經歷突如其來、毀滅性的一場失去,瑪拉(Mara)逃離了她的家人,最終在一個富裕的海濱小鎮流浪著,手機早已沒電、身上剩不到幾毛錢。深陷沮喪、悲痛之中,瑪拉開始與外界隔絕,在自我放逐的日子裡,時而覓食果腹,時而在夜晚的海裡游泳。隨著情緒起伏接近崩潰邊緣,這個海濱小鎮依傍著的湛藍的海,也跟著慘淡、閃著亮光、靜靜地堅定著。

 

瑪拉在她自我放逐的頭幾天裡,夜深人靜地在海灘上覓食和喝酒。 沒有任何東西可以束縛她,她覺得自己像一個正在消失、被掏空的貝殼。隨著身上的錢用完,小鎮的旅遊旺季看著就要結束,飲酒問題日益嚴重的瑪拉在當地一家賣葡萄酒的店舖找到了一份工作,暫時可以舒緩酒精短缺和棲身之地的問題。 在那裡,她遇到了說話柔和、孤獨寂寞的老闆西蒙,西蒙剛被妻子離異和並被迫與孩子分開。 兩人成為朋友,瑪拉開始解凍,受到這種新聯繫的鼓舞,漸漸地找回已經丟失的欲望、胃口,而逃離家園的傷痕也慢慢地顯露出來……

 

《潮汐》讓人聯想起雷切爾·庫斯克(Rachel Cusk,英裔加拿大小說家,庫斯克寫了十本小說和四本非小說類作品,探討女性邊緣人物和社會諷刺相關主題。)、珍妮·奧菲爾(Jenny Offill,美國小說家和編輯。她的小說《推測部》被《紐約時報》書評評為“ 2014年度十佳圖書”之一。)及格麗特·莒哈絲(Marguerite Duras,法國作家、劇作家、編劇、實驗電影導演,她為1959年電影《廣島之戀》創作劇本,因此獲得了第33屆奧斯卡金像獎最佳原創劇本獎的提名。)的作品,是一部探討自我以及塑造我們生命的各種關係,家庭、愛情等,真誠、具有靈魂深度的上乘之作!

作者介紹

生於加拿大蒙特婁,目前住在波士頓。於2013年畢業於哥倫比亞大學,獲得以藝術創作(Master of Fine Arts,簡寫MFA)小說碩士學位。在學時作品即獲得亨菲爾德最佳短篇小說獎(Henfield Prize)。

書評

“Freeman hammers her paragraphs down into perfected, indivisible units… A poignant evocation of a woman adrift in the wake of tragedy.” — The Guardian

 

“Tides is concerned with what is intentionally hidden, flickering or muddied, waiting to be excavated . . . As the story unfolds in short sections sometimes only a sentence long (calling to mind Jenny Offill’s 'Dept. of Speculation' and 'Weather') what’s most hypnotic is what’s revealed beneath the waves of language: the impossibility of leaving one’s past behind . . . Just as the tides are something we can count on, our life events are imprinted inside of us, fossilized and imperfect shells swirling with their own kind of broken beauty.”—Boston Globe 

 

“A beautiful portrait of a woman unmoored—and the connections that bring her back.” Literary Hub

 

“Prepare to get deeply involved in this stunning debut novel about grief and loss….) As Tides’ heroine begins to come out of her shell—thanks in part to a new friend’s kindness—the story shifts from an unforgettable portrait of bereavement and emptiness to one of human connection and hope.” — Apple Books, Best Books of January

 

“The beauty of Freeman’s prose lies as much in this unexpected cadence as in the contrast between beauty and harshness tucked into every page… In its poetic unfolding, Tides reveals itself to be a stunning and revelatory tale of the dissolution of one woman’s life, her unexpected ties to the sea, and the many ways present selves are tied to their pasts … In this stunning debut novel, a woman’s life unravels, builds and unravels again across a series of sparse and staggering vignettes.” –Kerry McHugh, Shelf Awareness

 

“Tides is a brief novel, told in intense, concentrated scenes, some no longer than a sentence . . . The brittle shards of story conceal great emotion; if Mara let down her guard, you think, the pain would drown her . . . touching but not depressing, bleak but also beautiful.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

“[S]tarkly beautiful.” — WBUR

 

“TIDES is a slim novel, but its structure encourages slow and reflective reading….[S]trangely hopeful and beautiful.” — Bookreporter

 

“Mercurial…. Freeman’s prose is taut and illuminating, a style that manages to be both detached and emotionally devastating… A powerful intelligence underpins this work, which concerns itself with familiar subjects of loss, legacy and love. So accomplished is Freeman’s interrogation of these matters that it is hard to believe it is her first book… [a] beautifully observed, elegantly written debut… Bleak but beautiful, a life understood instead of under siege.” — The Irish Times

 

“As well as being beautifully atmospheric, Tides is an intriguing exploration of the effect of sheer propinquity on romance.” — Financial Times

 

“Taut and affecting, Tides proceeds in fragments… The reader proceeds as if scanning a littered foreshore in the wake of high tide, uncertain as to whether the next object will be alluring, lurid, or both… the overall effect is quietly seductive. We are drawn frictionlessly into Mara’s psyche, and then made to stay there.” — Times Literary Supplement (UK)

 

“Tides’ fragmented chapters gleam like pearls strung on a powerful narrative of grief and survival, some only a line or so long, a page given to each... This is a beautifully crafted story of a women learning to live again.” — Fanny Blake, Daily Mail

 

“Done with plausibility and complexity… Not the least interesting element is Freeman's use of repetition compulsion as a device; that is, a traumatised person's need to obsessively reenact a defining event. I last saw itused as effectively as this in Tom McCarthy's 2005 novel Remainder.” — The Critic

 

“Charismatic… With an intricate narrative and in deceptively simple language, Freeman captures the full extent of loss. Complicated and enchanting, this prismatic examination of emotional endurance is a winner” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

“[B]eautiful and translucent. Mirroring the ebb and flow of water, short paragraphs leave lots of empty spaces on the page, enhancing the emotional gut punches latent in the text, while moments of heightened action run uninterrupted.”—Booklist, starred review

 

“Freeman’s novel reads like a shattered mirror gradually being pieced together, though the reflection, as in real life, never comes perfectly clear. . . . What is left is a portrait of a woman’s psyche pared to the core, to unsettling effect. . . . An intense and lyrical debut.” —Kirkus 

 

“Mara’s story is cleverly told through an expressive inner monologue.” — Woman’s Weekly

 

“TIDES by Sara Freeman is irresistible. A quiet tale of a woman adrift, who is fleeing her past and trying to lose herself in a small seaside town. I read it in an afternoon but I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.” — Douglas Stuart

 

“Brilliant, elegant, and unsparing. Tides is a lyrical meditation on selfhood: Sara Freeman illuminates, with a poet's eye, the shifting interior landscape of a woman adrift.” —Emma Cline 

 

“Sara Freeman is such a gifted writer, and she maps with great beauty and precision the territory of loss. This novel is lovely, dark, troubling, and deep.” —Alix Ohlin

 

“I read Tides in two voracious sittings, thrilled by the push-pull of Sara Freeman's prose: the tightly-controlled surface lyricism barely containing the violent upheaval beneath. Freeman inhabits the mind of her nearly-unhinged narrator so fully that the reader comes to understand — and even identify with — the sometimes twisted logic of grief and unmet longing. Who are we, as women, apart from the ones we love, or try to love? A beautiful, painfully prescient debut from a wildly talented new writer.” —Jamie Quatro

 

“Body and soul, heart and mind, spirit and ground: in this astonishingly moving, taut debut, Sara Freeman gives us a woman on the edge of her own emotional survival. A thrilling, visceral story of grief and renewal.” —Stacey D'Erasmo, author of Wonderland

 

“To read Sara Freeman’s Tides is to witness the stunning aftermath of an intimate disturbance—a wave glowing in the dark. As readers we watch the exquisite beauty of its surface and are plunged inside its startling depths. Freeman reminds us of the grandeur and terror of being alive with others in whose company we might luminesce.” —Jennifer Tseng

 

“A tale of internal exile, of a woman on the lam from her own loved ones and from the memories that cage her. Tides is a marvel — lyrical and suspenseful at the same time.” —Jonathan Dee


“An irresistible debut novel about one woman's several loves. Sara Freeman writes wonderful sentences, wavy and surprising and full of sensations.” —Christine Schutt


“One of the most carefully written, brave, honest, devastating books I've read for a long time. There were lines in it so emotionally accurate and merciless they made me squint up my eyes. It's explosive. But the effect is the inside-your-body, barely-heard-properly percussive receipt of a detonation felt at a distance” —Cynan Jones

 

“Sara Freeman goes about her business in Tides with such cool composure that I didn't fully register the serious heat of the thing until my eyebrows had started to sizzle. I'm amazed that this is a first novel. There is something very large to be found in this wonderfully compressed work.” —Laird Hunt 


"Delicate, unconventional, contemporary—Tides is a novel held together by electricity, like a storm that just won’t break." —Padma Viswanathan

 

“A compulsive read — this story and its characters seeped into me, so that I often thought of them between spells of reading. Freeman’s voice has a salt to it that feels both evocative of and independent from the sea-streaked setting. The main character has venom, but she seems more self-stinging than anything, which only adds to the story’s unsettling allure. From the crystalline prose to the plot's syncopated rhythm, Tides is an incisive, memorable debut.” —Eliza Robertson

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