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Work Like Any Other

Work Like Any Other

作者 : Virginia Reeves

出版社 : SCRIBNER

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定價 : NT 560

售價9折, NT504

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2016年曼布克獎(Man Booker Prize)入圍作品!

在1920年代美國阿拉巴馬州的鄉村,電器工人Roscoe熱愛並擅長自己的工作;然而,在他太太繼承家族的農場後,他被迫放棄工作與自我,不情願地經營不熟悉的農場,而他與家人的關係不睦,太太和孩子都對他視若無睹。他試圖力挽狂瀾,決定偷接電到農場,因此帶來了一時的繁榮,也漸漸得到了家人的認可……

然而,正當一切都蒸蒸日上時,悲劇降臨:國家電力公司的員工誤觸Roscoe非法連接的電線而慘遭電死,他隨即遭到逮捕,面對的是長達二十年的刑期,而幫助他進行偷電工作的非裔農場工人也遭定罪,面臨更嚴峻的罰則。農場再度走下坡,而太太也離開了Roscoe。獨自在獄中的他,思索他的罪行、他的所作所為是否有被正當化的可能、一切的代價、他的過去、還有他所失去的種種……

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

In this “inventive, beautiful, and deceptively morally complex novel” (The Miami Herald), a prideful electrician in 1920s rural Alabama struggles to overcome past sins, find peace, and rescue his marriage after being sent to prison for manslaughter.

Roscoe T Martin set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the twentieth century: electricity. It became his training, his life’s work. But when his wife, Marie, inherits her father’s failing farm, Roscoe has to give up his livelihood, with great cost to his sense of self, his marriage, and his family. Realizing he might lose them all if he doesn’t do something, he begins to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness. Even the love of Marie and their child seem back within Roscoe’s grasp.

Then a young man working for the state power company stumbles on Roscoe’s illegal lines and is electrocuted, and everything changes: Roscoe is arrested; the farm once more starts to deteriorate; and Marie abandons her husband, leaving him to face his twenty-year sentence alone. As an unmoored Roscoe carves out a place at Kilby Prison, he is forced to ask himself once more if his work is just that, or if the price of his crimes—for him and his family—is greater than he ever let himself believe.

Work Like Any Other is “a consummately well-written, deeply affecting, thought-provoking American historical novel of hard labor, broken dreams, moral dilemmas, violence, racism, and the intricacies of marriage, parenthood, and friendship. Hope is found in reading, compassion, forgiveness, and good, honest work, whatever form it takes. Virginia Reeves’s gripping, dynamically plotted, and profound novel will resonate on different frequencies for men and women and spark soul-searching and heated discussion” (Booklist, starred review).
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