HOW CAN I HELP YOU: A Novel

我該怎麼幫你呢?

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出版 : Putnam
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內容介紹

★精彩絕倫的緊張氛圍,引人入勝的故事劇情,若你鍾情於小說家梅根.亞伯特(Megan Abbott)、歐安·布萊斯維特 (Oyinkan Braithwaite),或奧特薩·莫什菲格(Ottessa Moshfegh)的作品,那你絕對不能錯過本書!
  
我們是否能夠擺脫曾經的自己?
我們能評判內心最醜陋的慾望到什麼樣的程度?
在《我該怎麼幫你呢?》一書中,作者蘿拉.辛(Laura Sims)刀鋒般精確地敲開兩個女人的心理與精神,一窺被羈絆所牽連著的兩人,是如何滑越界線,遊走在慈藹與殘酷之間……

 

沒人知道瑪戈(Margo)的真實姓名。這樣是最好的。

她那位任職於卡萊爾公立圖書館出納台後方的同事,並不需要知道瑪戈曾有醫療背景,或她「安寧治療」的特殊手法;也不需要知曉她過往夜間照護時,幫助貧困人們、絕望的靈魂擺脫痛苦的那些方式。然而瑪戈的同事,也絕不需要Google搜尋「珍.瑞佛(Jane Rivers)」或「殺人護士」,以免看到那些訴說著無數早逝生命,以及容易誤導群眾的駭人聽聞文章。

 

瑪戈徹底洗心革面了。這座圖書館正是她的避風港,一個能平息過往衝動的寧靜之地。現在的生活平靜多了,只須注意讀者是否搜尋不宜使用的網站,偶爾降低的笑聲音量,讓一切是那麼尋常、毫無異樣。她染了頭髮,有著一副莊重的閱讀眼鏡,穿著羊毛針織衫,有別於過去穿著加護病房制服,進行私下交易…。現在的她,看來非常和藹可親,沒什麼好隱藏的。

 

派翠西亚,一位新聘的圖書館參考服務員 ,也有著她不願告人的秘密。近期剛離開男友回到芝加哥,派翠西亚同樣也想擺脫過往。她將失敗的四百頁小說手稿鎖進抽屜,認為這座小鎮圖書館,是擺脫寫作熱情、讓自己回歸務實的最佳之處。然而命運的絲線,將兩個女人牽連在一起……。

 

一位贊助人陳屍在圖書館地下室廁所,偵查人員到場偵訊瑪戈幾個問題。瑪戈與圖書館贊助人的關連,不斷吸引派翠西亚的目光。面對眼前耐人尋味的謎團,派翠克不禁深陷其中,想探究一切,以致最終違背自己的誓言,再次提筆寫作。當派翠西亚逐漸成為整起故事一環時,將會面對怎麼樣的局面呢?瑪戈的過往是否會因此而曝光?當瑪戈與派翠西亚兩人的所知與未知,將兩人推向事件引爆高峰之際, 她們從未料到真相竟是如此……!
 

作者介紹

蘿拉.辛(Laura Sims)是詩人、小說家,曾出版四本詩集,他的首本詩集《Practice, Restraint》榮獲2005 年Fence Books Alberta Prize。亦曾榮獲美日創意藝術獎學金(US-Japan Creative Arts Fellowship)。蘿拉的詩作也可見於《新共和》(The New Republic)、《波士頓評論》(Boston Review)與《連詞》(Conjunctions)等刊物。蘿拉的第一本小說,《Looker》,2019年由Scribner出版,隨即在《紐約客》)(the New Yorker)、《華爾街郵報》( the Wall Street Journal)、《時人雜誌》( the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine)、《娛樂週刊》( Entertainment Weekly)等各大媒體引發關注,不僅獲得廣大迴響,更有望翻拍成電視劇,由艾蜜莉·摩提默 (Emily Mortimer)公司「eOne 與King Bee Production」聯合製作,由《罪人》( The Sinner)、《護士當家》(Nurse Jackie)編劇團隊操刀,在12月已與HBOMax敲定推出系列影集。蘿拉現與家人居住於紐澤西(New Jersey)。

作者官網
https://www.laurasims.net/about/ 


作者推特
https://twitter.com/ljsims50

書評

Selected Praise for LOOKER:

*Vogue, Best Novels of 2019

*CrimeReads, Best Fiction Debuts of 2019

*Star-Ledger, Top Ten New Jersey Authors of 2019

*EsquireUK, Best Books of 2019 So Far

*People, Best New Books of the Week

*Southern Living, Best New Books of Winter 2019

*Entertainment Weekly, Hottest Reads of January

*CosmoUK, Best New Books of January

*Vogue, Lit Hub, and CrimeReads, Most Anticipated Books of 2019

 

“[Looker] is an ephemeral fiction with a hard landing—like a window, seen in passing, that glows and goes dark.”

The New Yorker

 

“Looker is a sugarcoated poison pill of psychological terror, whose wit and fluency cover its lacerating diagnosis of the deranging effects of envy, perhaps the most widespread social sickness of our age. The novel disturbs because we are all, to some degree, susceptible to the bacillus of the narrator’s insanity. And her symptoms may be more recognizable than we care to admit.”

Wall Street Journal

 

It’s easy to imagine that stars live gauzily perfect lives. But what happens when the illusion turns deadly? In Sims’s creepy debut, a woman fixates on the actress living across the street, admiration tilting into pathology as events in her own life—infertility, her husband’s desertion—unmask her fragility. The ultimate unreliable narrator, she reveals her instability slowly. By the end you’ll be gasping.”

People Magazine

 

A wicked slow-burn . . . . Looker glides toward its ending as if eagerly awaiting the discovery of something ghastly.”

Entertainment Weekly

 

I loved Looker for its take on the female gaze, and its understanding of what it means for women to look at each other...this is a novel I had been craving: an unflinching portrayal of women looking upon each other as disturbingly as men do.”

The New Statesman

 

“Is Looker a warning? A character study? An exploration of grief? A critique of American culture? It is all of these things, as well as a novel about what it means to be seen—and what it means to be unseen. Most essentially, it is a heady thriller that asks a reader to engage with a narrator who has been told by circumstance that she has nothing to live for, and who fills the empty spaces in her life with an unhealthy obsession. Lookerdemands the reader look at—really gaze at, live with, and experience—dangerous obsession, but more pointedly, the societal expectations that might lead to it in the first place.”

Ploughshares

 

Reading Looker, it is clear that Sims’s background is in poetry, because each word is chosen for maximum effect and evokes a visceral reaction in the reader. As you read, you can feel the urban setting all around you and you feel pulled along in the protagonist’s life, embarrassed when she is, confused when she is and angry when she is. This is not a protagonist with whom you necessarily sympathize, but you will keep turning the page to see what happens next and to let Sims’s prose wash over you. Will you feel a bit uneasy after reading Looker? Probably. Will you regret reading it? Absolutely not.”

Essex News Daily

 

A spectacular debut novel ... Sims’ masterful ending caps a book which does everything right.

The Newark Star-Ledger

 

“This debut is a penetrating and unsettling psychological thriller. A woman’s fixation on her neighbor, a well-known actress, goes from unhealthy to something far more sinister after the women meet at a summer block party. It’s a novel about identity, appearances, and envy, and it’s one of the season’s most timely reads, an innovative experiment in what a thriller can be.”

CrimeReads, The Best Books of 2019: Debut Fiction

 

The unnamed narrator of this slender, noir-ish novel is a voyeur who’s also intensely aware – in the way that few women escape – of the way that she herself appears.”

The Observer (UK)

 

Sims keeps us inside her stalker’s head the whole time, so that her unhappiness and resentment are fully understandable and the reader feels involved and even complicit in whatever may be about to happen. It’s a psychological thriller in all but name, and cultivates its atmosphere of foreboding brilliantly.”

The Herald (UK) 

 

A short, bracing shock of a novel, easily gulped down in one sitting...that explores ideas about femininity and desirability via a thriller-style plot.”

Metro (UK)

 

A compelling debut, with echoes of Hitchcock throughout.”

Image Magazine (UK)

 

Sims delivers a clever character study of a woman who may not be very likable, but still inspires sympathy. A gripping and multi-layered novel.”

Woman’s Weekly (UK)

 

Written with a precise and sinister elegance, this is a gripping portrait of one woman’s descent into madness.”

Heat World (UK)

 

A simmering sense of dread dominates this brilliant Brooklyn-set debut . . . dazzlingly creepy storytelling, reminiscent of Notes on a Scandal.”

Grazia (UK)

 

A slim novel (maybe even a novella?) that has maximum drama . . . when does idle fantasy become a dangerous obsession?”

Red Online (UK)

 

This short debut novel by poet Sims comes to a sudden and shattering climax that left me doubled over in mental anguish. A truly brilliant novel.”

The Cape Times (South Africa)

 

You’d pick up this slim, cool-looking number and think it was a thriller. But Looker packs much more in, plumbing pain, loss and envy, and the way they can curdle a life. It’s confronting and invigorating, a fine portrait of a psyche on the edge. . . Sims’s version of a twist in the tail is that the book itself becomes the obsession. By the end. . . you won’t be able to look away.”

The New Zealand Listener 

 

“In prose that moves between lyrical and caterwauling, the poet Laura Sims has pulled off the high-wire act of making bitterness delicious.”

Vogue, “Most Anticipated Books of 2019”

 

“This debut is a penetrating and unsettling psychological thriller ... It’s a novel about identity, appearances, and envy, and it’s one of the season’s most timely reads, an innovative experiment in what a thriller can be.”

Literary Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2019”

 

“In this brief, haunting novel, Sims chronicles the inner life of an unnamed woman ... Looker is a powerful sylph of a book about creation and destruction and the permeable boundary between them.”

Literary Hub, “13 Books You Should Read This January”

 

“In this electrifying Hitchcockian debut, an unhappy woman’s obsession with a nearby actress will push the boundaries between insanity and desperation.”

Washington Independent Review of Books, “16 Fiction Releases to Watch for”

 

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I can’t wait to see Looker on the big (or small) screen one day ... If you loved The Woman in the Window or Girl on the Train, you won’t be able to put Laura Sims’s book down this January.”

Women.com, “10 New Books You Absolutely Must Read This January”

 

Tense, twisted and briskly paced, poet Laura Sims’s debut novel, Looker, is the progressively disturbing story of one woman’s grief-fueled spiral downward to an irredeemable rock bottom… Somewhat surprisingly, the most disturbing thing about Looker is the creeping sense of complicity that Sims engenders in the reader… By the end, Sims compels us to ask: Have we been deranged, predatory voyeurs into the actress’s life—or into the narrator’s?”

Shelf Awareness

 

Laura Sims’ sharp debut novel is a thriller about an unhealthy fixation between neighbors, one that’s propelled by the unnamed narrator’s unraveling as she descends into a vortex of resentment and obsession.”

Southern Living, Best New Books Winter 2019

 

Jealousy rears its ugly head in Sims’s chilling and riveting debut. In this tightly plotted novel, Sims takes the reader fully into the mind of a woman becoming increasingly unhinged, and turns her emotionally fraught journey into a provocative tale about the dangers of coveting what belongs to another.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

Readers fond of protagonists who profess to guzzling wine at nine a.m. will breeze right through this one’s bad decisions, moments of shocking clarity and cruelty, and—no spoilers!—total undoing. A dark and stylish drama featuring a self-aware yet unstable narrator.”

Booklist

 

[A] gripping and intense debut . . . . This twisted and tightly coiled tale will define obsession on a new level.”

Library Journal

 

“While Looker is short--less than 200 pages--it’s packed with themes of obsession, jealousy, and madness. Laura Sims made every word count.” 

Real Simple, “27 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down”

 

“The debut novel by a South Orange poet is a gut-wrenching book that takes us insdie the demise of a woman as her life unravels.”

Jacqueline Cutler, NJ.com ”New Jersey authors: The Top 10 of 2019”

 

Sims’s debut is a breathless and unrelenting portrait of one woman’s unraveling.”

Greer Hendricks, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us

 

“A perfect, dark pleasure...propelled by a woman whose obsession with a famous actress spurs one irredeemable trespass after another. A rare debut filled with gorgeous sentences, savory twists, and shot through with ferocious truths, this is the kind of book that can only be written by an author who is thrillingly unafraid.”

Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

 

With an agile precision reminiscent of Lydia Davis, Laura Sims captures the obsessiveness of a woman who unravels after the collapse of her marriage. A taut, gripping portrait, all the more sinister for its elegance.”

 Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

 

 Like Polanski’s “Repulsion,” Laura Sims’s intense, gripping first novel shoehorns us into a gathering sense of dread, heightened at every turn by our sympathy for her relentlessly unraveling protagonist. The precise, observant writing slips through the skin without ever calling attention to itself.”

Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter and Interior Darkness

 

A tightly coiled novel about the poison of resentment. With arresting candor, Laura Sims reveals how fatally it can destroy one’s relationship to the world.”

Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew 

 

“This riveting cautionary tale chronicles the catastrophic downward spiral of a woman whose situation exposes the fragility of human happiness. In language as piercing as the story itself, Sims offers an intense portrait of obsession. Looker is the work of a fierce and fearless writer.”

Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat

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