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Unsheltered

  • 作者: Barbara Kingsolver
  • 原文出版社:Harper
  • 出版日期:2018/10/16
  • 語言:英文
  • 定價:613
  • 優惠價:79484
  • 優惠期限:2019年11月13日止
  • 運送方式:
  • 臺灣與離島
  • 海外
  • 可配送點:台灣、蘭嶼、綠島、澎湖、金門、馬祖
  • 可取貨點:台灣、蘭嶼、綠島、澎湖、金門、馬祖
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  這是個跨越兩個世紀,關於兩個家族的故事。《毒木聖經》的作者芭芭拉(Barbara Kingsolver)這次新作,虛實交錯的故事來回於過去與現在,將考驗人性的善良是否輕易變節。

  薇拉(Willa Knox)一直以來對自己的生活感到自信,以能擔起家庭責任為榮。直到她搬到紐澤西的小鎮 Vineland,幾乎無法一展長才,只有一棟破舊磚瓦屋與數不盡的帳單必須面對。

  工作的雜誌社突然倒閉,丈夫任教的學院也被關閉。而這棟快要崩塌的危樓裡,還不只她夫妻倆居住,更有一個希臘裔的公公與兩個難搞的孩子。

  在一連串的低潮中薇拉放手一搏,著手調查磚屋的歷史,希望透過強調歷史建物的保護爭取修繕費用,用來貼補家用與整頓生活。這個研究卻無意間將小鎮的過去再次搬上檯面。這一切都可追溯到一八八零年代,一個叫做綠木先生的科學老師(Thatcher Greenwood)。

  於外,身為科學老師的綠木先生遭到上級阻止他談論達爾文的科學新觀念;而綠木先生的朋友,一位報社女編輯意外將他捲入一場世仇,與小鎮最有權力的男子為敵。於內,在家中也不得安寧。他新婚太太與勢利的岳母都對此醜聞感到生氣,並且取消了金援。與此同時,他們偌大的屋宇,看來也岌岌可危。

  作者用一棟家傳磚屋,串聯起兩個世代的家庭,為了生活而掙扎的人們如何面對轉變、在困境裡尋求出路。交錯的章節,相互反映主人翁對外來的不確定與困惑。

  朋友與家庭?
  還是人性中最溫柔的一面?(文 / 博客來編譯)

  The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

  How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute? Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college where her husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelter is also the only option for a disabled father-in-law and an exasperating, free-spirited daughter. When the family’s one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy he seems likely to join them, with dark complications of his own.

  In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? A science teacher with a passion for honest investigation, Thatcher Greenwood finds himself under siege: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social-climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his worries that their elegant house is unsound. In a village ostensibly founded as a benevolent Utopia, Thatcher wants only to honor his duties, but his friendships with a woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor threaten to draw him into a vendetta with the town’s powerful men.

  Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.
 

詳細資料

  • ISBN:9780062870179
  • 規格:平裝 / 480頁 / 普通級 / 單色印刷 / 初版
  • 出版地:美國

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