作者 : Bryn Chancellor


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得獎作家Bryn Chancellor延續前作Everything I Never Told You與Olive Kitteridge的精神,推出首部令人愛不釋手的長篇小說。

在亞利桑那州Sycamore小鎮,某個熱天午後,一名剛來到鎮上的居民外出健行,卻意外地被一堆原本埋藏在荒漠峽谷山壁裡的東西絆倒;這些絆腳石,顯然是人骨遺骸。這驚人的消息,很快地傳遍全鎮,久居Sycamore的本地人擔心,這些骨骸恐怕就是18年前那個突然消失的少女Jess Winters。從那時起,這樁懸而未解的謎團,就像滲透進小鎮上那些多孔的岩石裡一般,籠罩糾纏著全鎮。


作者Bryn Chancellor相當有技巧地交織了多重觀點,刻意描繪出一幅社群的血脈圖,並將難以磨滅的幾個角色放置在這張圖的中心;這些角色裡最顯著突出的,當然就是Jess Winters,一個體貼又有前途的少女,在邁向成年人的門檻上躊躇不前。


"Masterful. . . . What a joy to find a book that is both propulsive and perfectly composed.”— Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

"Riveting. . . .This is a movingly written, multivoiced novel examining how one tragic circumstance can sow doubt about fundamental things. . . . a transporting vision of community, connection, and forgiveness."—Publishers Weekly (Starred review, Pick of the Week)

An award-winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing page-turner in the spirit of Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.

Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart—most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature—desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope—as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town. 
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