What We Lose

What We Lose

作者 : Zinzi Clemmons

出版社 : PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.

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定價 : NT 525

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作者榮獲美國國家圖書獎5 Under 35

入圍Aspen Words Literary PrizeCalifornia Book Award First Fiction決選名單

眾多媒體2017年度最佳圖書之一

「今年最棒的出道作」─Vogue

 

Thandi母親是非洲黑人,父親是美國白人,她的外表看起來像是個膚色偏白的黑人,混血兒的臉孔讓她常被以為是亞洲人或者西班牙移民。

母親來自西非,Thandi在美國賓州長大,母親的故鄉並不是Thandi的家,她跨越兩個國家、兩個種族,不管到哪裡,她永遠都是個外來者,沒有任何一件事可以改變這個事實。

Thandi的母親罹患了乳癌,病況越來越糟,Thandi面對失去母親,更顯得沒有歸屬感,她悲傷又憤怒,只想找到一個讓自己安定下來的錨。

作者Zinzi Clemmons有著和書中主角Thandi一樣的背景,她說寫作就是寫出「自己知道的事」,透過Thandi坦率地敘述自己悲傷的歷程,簡短卻激烈、深刻地說著現代美國社會上,關於種族、個人認知、性別和死亡的故事,出版後即受到各方的好評。


A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Finalist
Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Named a Best Book of the Year by Vogue, NPR, Elle, Esquire, Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, The Root, Harper’s Bazaar, Paste, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, LitHub, New York Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Bust


“The debut novel of the year.” —Vogue

“Like so many stories of the black diaspora, What We Lose is an examination of haunting. ” —Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker

“A richly volatile study of grief, wonderment and love.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“A startling, poignant debut.” —The Atlantic

“Raw and ravishing, this novel pulses with vulnerability and shimmering anger.” —Nicole Dennis-Benn, O, the Oprah Magazine

“Stunning. . . . Powerfully moving and beautifully wrought, What We Lose reflects on family, love, loss, race, womanhood, and the places we feel home.” —Buzzfeed

“Remember this name: Zinzi Clemmons. Long may she thrill us with exquisite works like What We Lose. . . . The book is a remarkable journey.” —Essence

From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

One of the New York Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Marie Claire, Essence, Houston Chronicle, LA Daily News, Nylon, and Elle’s Books to Read This Summer
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