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Titre : The Night Guest
Éditeur : Sceptre (Hodder & Stoughton)
Date d'édition : 2014
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : 1st Edition.
First British Edition (first printing). The debut novel by this Australian author, the story of a woman who claims to be a care worker who arrives at the door of a widow -- a tale about aging, love, trust, dependence and fear. A finalist for the Art Seidenbaum LA Times Award for First Fiction. Fine/Fine. Signed and dated 14.1.14 by McFarlane on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 16540
Synopsis : In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer. At first, Ruth is happy to have the company. Frida is efficient and helpful, and willing to listen to Ruth's stories about her childhood in Fiji and the man she fell for there. But why does Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? How far can Ruth trust this enigmatic woman? And how far can she trust herself? This hypnotic tale soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, dependence, fear and power, and about the mysterious workings of the mind. Here is a dazzling new writer, reminding us how powerfully fiction can speak to our innermost secrets.
Critique: The Big Fall Books Preview 2013 (also an Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013): At age 75, Ruth is a widower, who lives alone in a remote beach home in Australia until one day a mysterious caretaker named Frida shows up to help around the house. But can Frida be trusted? Ruth's mind isn't what it once was, but she suspects her new friend isn't all that she seems. The Night Guest is an impressive debut--a tender novel about old age and a psychological meditation on isolation--that moves with the curious pace of a mystery. Fiona McFarlane is a new voice that reads as if she has the experience of a familiar voice, like she's been with us all along. --Kevin Nguyen
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