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The Night Guest

By Fiona McFarlane, 1978-

A mesmerizing first novel about trust, dependence, and fear, from a major new writer


Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman—Frida—claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in.
     Now that Frida is in her house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? Why do memories of childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry with her own troubled past? And how far can Ruth trust herself?
     The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane’s hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a tale that soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn’t be. Here is a new writer who comes to us fully formed, working wonders with language, renewing our faith in the power of fiction to describe the mysterious workings of our minds.

 

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013

Format

Book

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1 available at Sandhills
  • F McFarlane, Fiction

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780865477735


Format: Book
Author: McFarlane, Fiona, 1978-
Summary: "An elderly Australian woman lets a mysterious and possibly sinister caretaker into her beach-side home and into her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The night guest / Fiona McFarlane.
Publisher Date: New York : Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Subject: Widows -- Fiction Caregivers -- Fiction FICTION / Literary. Australia -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780865477735 (hbk.) 0865477736 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F McFarlane
Oclc: 827256700
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Bib Id: 446733

Format: Book
Author: McFarlane, Fiona, 1978-
Summary: "An elderly Australian woman lets a mysterious and possibly sinister caretaker into her beach-side home and into her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The night guest / Fiona McFarlane.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Description: 241 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Widows -- Fiction
Subjects: Caregivers -- Fiction
Subjects: FICTION / Literary.
Subjects: Australia -- Fiction
Genre: Suspense fiction.
LCCN: 2013022511
ISBN: 9780865477735 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0865477736 (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F McFarlane