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Sweetwater Creek
《甜水河的小溪》
Anne Rivers Siddons
安·里芙·西登斯
2005-9-28 9:30:13   
 
Sweetwater Creek
《甜水河的小溪》
Anne Rivers Siddons
安·里芙·西登斯

Synopsis

Since her mother left and her dear brother died, Emily Parmenter, 12, walks around Sweetwater Farm on eggshells, unnoticed by what's left of her family. Her only friend is her dog, Elvis, one of the Boykin spaniels her family raises.

Her older twin brothers are mindless teens, and her father dreams of being accepted into society using the sale of his hunting dogs as entree. Highly intuitive, especially with animals, Emily trains the puppies, aching, as only a preteen can, for attention and acceptance even as she fears the world beyond Sweetwater.

This fateful summer, a couple with good connections visits Sweetwater to purchase a dog, bringing along their college-age daughter, Lulu. Slim as a willow but brittle as glass, Lulu is enchanted with the dogs and the farm and Emily's father invites her to live with them as a favor to her parents.

Emily knows Lulu will bring change, and she resists it, and sure enough, Lulu has her demons. Just as the Parmenters, with Lulu's help, seemingly reach their goal of being accepted into South Carolina society, Lulu succumbs to the darkness inside her, leaving Emily devastated and the family high and dry…


故事梗概

12岁的艾米丽·帕曼特失去了妈妈和哥哥,毫不清楚家里现状的她还在布满蛋壳甜水农场上玩耍。她的家里养了一些波尔金猎狗,其中一只名叫埃尔维斯的小狗是艾米丽唯一的朋友。



她的孪生兄弟也还只是没头没脑的小孩子,她的爸爸则一心想把家里的猎犬卖个好价钱,成为上层人。凭借天生的直觉,艾米丽成功训练了这些小狗,同时也象其他十来岁的小孩一样,她害怕甜水农场之外的世界,担心不被别人注意和接受。





对艾米丽来说至关重要的夏天来了。一对夫妇带着他们十六七岁的女儿露露来到甜水农场买狗。露露柔弱地象柳条,好像一碰就会碎掉,却为农场和小狗着了谜。于是艾米丽的父亲就邀请露露留在农场中住一段时间,表示很欢迎他们一家的到来。




艾米丽意识到露露的到来会让一切都改变,却不希望看到这些改变。但是,当然了,露露并非完人,也有很残忍的一面。在露露的帮助下,艾米丽看上去似乎已经被南卡罗莱纳州的上层社会所接了。就在这时,露露屈从了内心的魔鬼,把艾米丽一家推到了进退两难的境地…



  Comment

Filled with the lushness of the Low Country, this coming-of-age story, with its haunting, lyrical prose and complex characters who inspire emotions ranging from anger to empathy, will captivate any reader.
评价

这本青年小说中充满了乡下的青草味道,感情充沛的文字让人回味良久。书中复杂的人物让读者又爱又恨、手不释卷。

Introduction of Author
● Name: Anne Rivers Siddons
● Nationality: America
●Age: 1936
●Position: novelist
● Other Masterpieces:
Islands
Homeplace
Downtown
Fox's Earth
Outer Banks
King's Oak

作者简介
○ 姓名:安·里芙·西登斯
○ 国籍:美国
○ 年龄:1936
○ 地位:小说家
○ 其他主要作品:
《岛》
《家乡》
《乡下》
《狐狸的地球》
《外岸》
《国王的橡树》

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