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The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

作者 : Ruth Hogan

出版社 : TWO ROADS

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定價 : NT 440

售價79折, NT348

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在歐洲引發熱潮的新人作品《遺失物保管人》!

他遺失了未婚妻的信物,她竟在當天不幸身亡……
當身為「遺失物保管人」的他生命走到盡頭,未竟之業有達成的一天嗎?
撿到他未婚妻信物、多年來細心保存的她,又會與他發生什麼樣的命運交會? 

四十年前,作家安東尼不小心遺失未婚妻送他的信物,當天她竟不幸意外身亡!他認為是因為自己打破會永遠珍惜信物的承諾,才招致悲劇的發生……自那時起,他就一直以「遺失物保管人」為志業,蒐集並保管他人遺失的物品,想像並撰寫關於遺失物主人的故事,藉以贖罪、並從中得到慰藉。現已垂垂老矣的他,決定將一生的秘密志業交棒給完全不知情的助理蘿拉,甚至將整間房子和歷年來蒐集的遺失物都讓她繼承,遺願是希望她能盡可能地將遺失物歸還原主。也許就某種程度而言,蘿拉也是被安東尼收留的「遺失物」之一:她在發現丈夫外遇後離婚,沒有工作經驗的她,隨即應徵成為作家安東尼的助理,卻是在安東尼過世後她才發現,他終其一生都默默擔任著「遺失物保管人」……

另一方面,四十年前在出版社工作的助理尤妮絲,和有理想的出版社老闆是多年好友,也一直喜歡著他,但對方卻無法回應她的感情。在安東尼的未婚妻意外身亡的那一天,尤妮絲在街上撿到一個小裝飾品,多年來一直細心保管……

蘿拉接下重責大任後,與幾位奇妙的人物成為朋友,踏上尋找自我與失主的旅程。現在的蘿拉和過去的尤妮絲兩條故事線,因為安東尼所撰寫關於遺失物主人的故事產生命運的交會,在尋找失主的過程中,蘿拉逐漸找回自己、修復破碎的心,也讓逝者得以安息……

We're all waiting to be found...

'The first book I read in 2017 - and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I'll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles' DAILY MAIL

Meet the 'Keeper of Lost Things'...
Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the 'Keeper of Lost Things' have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters...

Coming in May 2018: Ruth Hogan's second novel A Beginner's Guide to Drowning
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作者介紹
Ruth Hogan
Ruth Hogan was born in Bedford, in the house where her parents still live. As a child she read everything she could lay her hands on: her favourite reads were The Moomintrolls, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets, and gravestones.
She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College and then got a 'proper' job, but when a car accident left her unable to work full-time, she decided to start writing seriously. In 2012 she was diagnosed with cancer: as chemo kept her up all night she passed the time writing, and the eventual result was her debut The Keeper of Lost Things. A Beginner's Guide to Drowning, Ruth's second novel, will be published in May 2018.
She lives in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and her long-suffering husband.
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