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Oliver Loving

Oliver Loving

作者 : Stefan Merrill Block

出版社 : ATLANTIC BOOKS

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定價 : NT 499

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「這本小說提出一個很重要的問題,是什麼構成一個值得活下去的生命?」─出版家週刊

「我們讀小說的其中一個原因是了解其他人以及自己的人生。這本書中作者完整誠實地敘述位於西德州的這個家庭和其生活的社區,而在這充滿詩意的美麗景象中,主角們的夢和悲傷也變成我們的一部分」
--大衛.埃博雪夫,《丹麥女孩》作者


奧利佛‧樂福十七歲那年,在英仙座流星雨下,他第一次偷偷摸了蕾貝卡的手。幾個月後,海克特‧艾斯皮納扛著一支來福獵槍走進學校正在舉辦返校活動的體育館,他開的三十五槍讓奧利佛、樂福一家和當地所有人的人生馬上變調。接下來的九年,奧利佛都躺在醫院的床上,意識清楚但全身癱瘓,這九年他每天在自己的想像和虛構的世界裡找尋生存的意義。奧利佛的母親沒有放棄希望,父親則是每天酗酒,脆弱敏感的弟弟逃離家園到了紐約,想要救回奧利佛,但他手上只有三本滿是瘡痍的筆記本,裡面全是未完成的詩句。

某位教授帶來了一台磁核共振機器,極可能證明奧利佛的大腦還在活動,因此也就可能告訴大家那天在體育館的狀況,這是否就是樂福一家等待已久的救贖?抑或只是讓他們更往黑暗之處繼續墜落?

作者的第一本小說《The Story of Forgetting》出版後即獲得國際讀者好評,並在羅馬國際文學節獲得最佳出道作品。

For ten years, a secret has slept with Oliver Loving.

On one moonless November night, Oliver shyly joined his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic Junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music played in the gymnasium, a troubled young man snuck in through the school's back door. It was all over in a few terrible minutes; the dire decisions this man made that night, and the unspoken story he carried, forever transformed Oliver's world and tore the town of Bliss, Texas apart.

Nearly ten years later, Oliver Loving still lies wordless and paralyzed at Crockett State Assisted Care Facility, the fate of his mind unclear. Meanwhile, his parents and his brother try to cope in their own disparate self-destructive ways, whilst Rebekkah, who left Texas long ago, still refuses to speak about her own part in that tragic night.

When a new medical test promises a key to unlock Oliver's trapped mind, the town's unanswered questions resurface with new urgency, as Oliver's doctors and his family fight for a way for Oliver to finally communicate? and so also to tell the truth of what really happened that fateful night.

Oliver Loving is a brilliant and beautifully told story of family, as heart-breaking as it is profound. It is a novel of the myths we make; the ties that bind us and the forces that keep us apart.
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