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Shtum

Shtum

作者 : Jem Lester

出版社 : ORION PUBLISHING GROUP

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定價 : NT 440

售價9折, NT396

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作者與兒子真實經歷改編,挑戰「自閉症=天才」的刻板印象

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班(Ben)的十歲兒子約拿(Jonah)患有重度自閉症,無法言語、易怒,也無法自理日常生活,他與太太疲於奔命。為了說服相關當局兒子需要接受特殊教育,他們異想天開、決定假裝離婚,試圖以單親家庭的形象增加贏面。父子兩人於是搬進爺爺家住,班與父親之間卻有難以跨越的鴻溝,已經許久不曾與對方交談……三代男性同住於一間屋子裡,一個無法說話、兩個不願開口,事情將會如何發展?

班除了家庭壓力外,還有嚴重酗酒問題,事業也持續走下坡,更懷疑形跡可疑的太太出軌……焦頭爛額的他,能克服內心的惡魔嗎?另一方面,約拿住在自己的世界裡,持續觀察著週遭。他喜歡新鮮空氣吹在皮膚上的感覺、不喜歡突如其來的巨響。即使他從未開口說話,卻似乎比身旁的大人更善於溝通……

「Shtum」在意第緒語中為「沉默」、「保守秘密」之意,小說內容再再呼應書名。本書挑戰外界對自閉症的既定印象,呈現養育重度自閉症孩子的真實面貌,描繪家長的心境、財務與情緒上的挑戰、各種複雜、無奈與不可預測,無比沉痛卻仍不失幽默、充滿笑料。

'A darker, sadder version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but just as moving' THE OBSERVER

'Funny yet heart-breaking' INDEPENDENT

'A book with true heart and soul' Joanna Cannon, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point.

His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben's elderly father, three generations of men - one who can't talk; two who won't - are thrown together.

As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths.

Jonah, blissful in his ignorance, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

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