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The Mothers

The Mothers

作者 : Brit Bennett

出版社 : RIVERHEAD

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定價 : NT 630

售價79折, NT498

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我們有辦法超越年輕的自我所犯下的錯誤嗎?
一切的一切,都從社區裡的秘密開始……

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故事背景於美國南加州的黑人社區。十七歲的高中女孩Nadia,持續深陷於母親自殺的陰影中。她與二十一歲的牧師之子Luke發展出戀情:他是前橄欖球球星,卻因為受傷而放棄大好前程,在餐廳擔任服務員。他們正值青春時光,對於這段戀情不那麼認真,卻在Nadia懷孕後,一切都變了調……Nadia向所有人隱瞞懷孕的事實,包括她的閨蜜Aubrey。

Nadia選擇拿掉孩子,但她的決定,卻引發一連串蝴蝶效應。

Luke牧師父親的教會裡,有一群八卦的「母親們」,試圖想挖掘出關於Nadia的秘密,不斷緊盯她的一舉一動!Nadia為了逃離小鎮令人窒息的監視,到外地念大學,卻在回家鄉照顧臥病的老父時,發現過去的業障與隱藏好幾十年的秘密,如同時間靜止般,從來不曾消失。

即使Nadia、Luke與Aubrey都已長大成人,卻仍持續承受過去的決定所引發的後果……如果當時的他們做了不同的選擇,現在會有什麼樣的結果?如果我們必須承受年輕時的決定所引發的後果,是否會永遠活在無法言說的陰影中?

本書探討議題廣泛,從種族、信仰、墮胎、背信到虛偽,為年輕的傑出作家Brit Bennett初試啼聲之作。

A DAZZLING DEBUT NOVEL FROM AN EXCITING NEW VOICE

THE MOTHERS is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community, and the moments that haunt us most.

All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. 

It's the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance - and the subsequent cover-up - will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully manoeuvre, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: what if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt. 

In entrancing, lyrical prose, THE MOTHERS asks whether a 'what if' can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.
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