By Julia Phillips
In the first chapter of this confident debut, two young girls disappeared, bringing a huge impact to this small town on the edge of the remote Kamchatka Peninsula. The following novels consist of a series of overlapping stories that tell the story of the effects of their disappearance on many women. Each plot-rich story advances the narrative for a month, revealing how women in Kamchatka have been hit by this criminal act on a personal, cultural and emotional level.
TopThe Topeka School
《托皮卡学校》(The Topeka School)
By Ben Lerner
This is Lerner's exciting third novel. Following "Leaving the Atocha Station" and "10:04", this book presents an extremely American style of broadness, from parenting to childhood, from harmful machoism to cunnilingus Details, from Freud's Oedipus complex to Tupac's "All Eyez on Me", are all-inclusive. Adam Gordon became the protagonist again, but this time as a high school debate star, and mainly in the third person. His parents, a psychologist, and a former classmate with a cognitive deficit and a stark contrast to Adam's talent received the same length. Lerner's early novels still question art and authenticity; but Adam's lack of faith has now expanded into a symptom of a nation's belief crisis. The feeling of an orchestral arrangement by a composer, the range of a ventral performer, and a delicate national harmony have always depended on Lerner. However, the last item has never before been used so cheerfully and has never so evoked the foamy texture of late Clintonism.
这是勒纳令人振奋的第三部小说。继《离开阿托查车站》(Leaving the Atocha Station)和《10:04》之后，本书展现了一种极为美国式的宽广，从为人父母到童年，从有害的大男子主义到舔阴的细节，从弗洛伊德的俄狄浦斯情结到图派克(Tupac)的《都看着我》(All Eyez on Me)，无所不包。亚当·戈登(Adam Gordon)再度成为主人公，但这次是作为高中辩论明星，而且主要是以第三人称出现。他的心理学家父母，以及一个有认知缺陷、和亚当的天赋形成鲜明对比的前同学，得到了同等的篇幅。勒纳早期小说对艺术和真伪的质疑依然存在；但是亚当的信仰缺失如今已经扩展成一个国家信仰危机的症状。一名作曲家对管弦乐编曲的感觉，一个腹语表演者的音域，以及一种细腻的民族和谐，一直都是勒纳所倚仗的。然而，最后一项此前从未如此欢快地被大量使用，也从未如此深情地唤起过晚期克林顿主义的泡沫质感。
By Ted Chiang
This collection includes nine beautiful short stories, several of which explore the major consequences of time travel. Reading them is like sitting with a friend for dinner, during which he explains scientific theories to you, without condescending. Every thoughtful, elegantly-conceived story raises a philosophical question; after an extraordinary journey, Ted Ginger structured these 9 stories into a mellow conversation.
LLost Children Archive
《失踪儿童档案》(Lost Children Archive)
By Valeria Luiselli
The third novel by the Mexican writer-and her first English novel-is set in a crisis: children cross the border, face death, be detained, and deported without a guardian . The novel centers on a couple and their two children (both without a name) who are traveling along the road from New York City to the Mexican border; while conducting independent ethnographic research, the couple's marriage is taking place On the brink of collapse, the woman tried to help a Mexican immigrant find her daughter who was missing while trying to cross the border. Russell's talent for writing aroused anger and pity, but what would people do after reading such a novel? Russellie is extremely sensitive to these doubts, and she brings a metaphorical, self-reflective, and experimental book about both storytellers and missing children.
Night Boat to Tangier
《开往丹吉尔的夜船》(Night Boat to Tangier)
You wouldn't expect to encounter sharp lyrical texts or lamentable philosophy at a desolate ferry terminal off the coast of Spain, but since Barry's novel has two Irish gangster anti-hero characters, both have been shown a lot, while also Tells vulgar and interesting stories, evokes many painful memories. Their lives have become so intertwined that the young woman they wait for can become a family for both of them. Will she show up? Do they really care? Their joke is a shield against darkness, a witty new version of Waiting for Godot.
S Say Nothing
Patrick Patrick Radden Keefe
帕特里克·拉登·基夫(Patrick Radden Keefe)著
In 1972, the masker broke into a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10 children, Jean McConville, at her home in Belfast and dragged her out. In this elaborate book--with a fine pace like a novel--Kivf uses the murder of McConnell as a prism to tell the history of the unrest in Northern Ireland. He interviewed people on both sides of the conflict, turning the tragic destruction and wear and tear of that era into a searing, gripping legend.
British painter Joshua Reynolds just wanted to please his depressed friend Samuel Johnson. Who knew that his proposed Friday night chat at the Turk ’s Head Tavern in London would eventually attract almost all British leaders at the end of the 18th century? Damrosch brings the awesome personalities of The Club—smart minds, witless saliva, gentle friendship—to lively lives, presenting indelible portraits: Johnson and Renault , Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, actor David Garrick, historian Edward Gibbon, and of course Johnson's loyal Biographer James Boswell: "A group of geniuses with few or even no one."
英国画家约书亚·雷诺兹(Joshua Reynolds)只是想让他情绪低落的朋友塞缪尔·约翰逊(Samuel Johnson)高兴起来。谁知道他提议的周五晚上在伦敦土耳其人头酒馆(Turk’s Head Tavern)举行的夜聊会，最终会吸引18世纪末英国几乎所有的领袖人物？达姆罗施将《俱乐部》里令人敬畏的个性——聪明的头脑、机智的口水战、温柔的友情——带到生动的生活中，呈现出一幅幅不可磨灭的肖像：约翰逊和雷诺兹、埃德蒙·伯克(Edmund Burke)、亚当·斯密(Adam Smith)、演员大卫·加里克(David Garrick)、历史学家爱德华·吉本(Edward Gibbon)，当然还有约翰逊忠诚的传记作者詹姆斯·鲍斯威尔(James Boswell)：“一群很少甚至无人能及的天才”。
The Yellow House
《黄房子》(The Yellow House)
By Sarah M. Broom
萨拉·M·布鲁姆 (Sarah M. Broom)著
In her extraordinary and fascinating debut, Bloom surpassed the basic expectations of a memoir and created a literary form that combines entertainment and creativity. Partly oral history, partly urban history, and partly a compliment to past lifestyles, The Yellow House is a comprehensive complaint of greed, discrimination, apathy, and poor urban planning, and it is these that led to her house from the map disappear. Tracking East New Orleans (a "50 times larger area of ??the French Quarter" but nowhere to be found on most tourist maps, with sporadic properties neglected by white people) The history of a family, from the 1960s to Cartery Hurricane Na, the book immediately became a must-read text, examining the past, present, and future of New Orleans and the entire United States.
No No Visible Bruises
《无可见挫伤》(No Visible Bruises)
Ra Rachel Louise Snyder
雷切尔·路易斯·斯奈德(Rachel Louise Snyder)著
In his book, Mr. Snyder covered in detail what the World Health Organization calls "epidemic global health problems." In the United States alone, more than half of the women murdered were killed by current or former partners; domestic violence is irrespective of class, religion and race. Snyder exposed the widespread myth (the restraint is the answer, the abuser never changes), and emotionally described the life (and death) of people on both sides of the equation. Instead of giving simple answers, she provided a wealth of information, which was a hope in itself.
Midnight in Chernobyl
《切尔诺贝利的午夜》(Midnight in Chernobyl)
Higginbotham's wonderful description of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion in April 1986 belongs to the rare scientific book that reads like a thrilling thriller. The story is full of vivid details and deeply-characterized characters, from which you can see shocking incompetence, mistakes one by one, and misjudgments one after another, which ultimately leads to inevitable disasters that change history.