The High Places

The High Places


Book - 2016 | First American edition.
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"What a terrible thing at a time like this: to own a house, and the trees around it. Janet sat rigid in her seat. The plane lifted from the city and her house fell away, consumed by the other houses. Janet worried about her own particular garden and her emptied refrigerator and her lamps that had been timed to come on at six. So begins "Mycenae," a story in The High Places, Fiona McFarlane's first story collection. Her stories skip across continents, eras, and genres to chart the borderlands of emotional life. In "Mycenae," she describes a middle-aged couple's disastrous vacation with old friends. In "Good News for Modern Man," a scientist lives on a small island with only a colossal squid and the ghost of Charles Darwin for company. And in the title story, an Australian farmer turns to Old Testament methods to relieve a fatal drought. Each story explores what Flannery O'Connor called "mystery and manners." The collection dissects the feelings--longing, contempt, love, fear--that animate our existence and hints at a reality beyond the smallness of our lives. Salon's Laura Miller called McFarlane's The Night Guest "a novel of uncanny emotional penetration. How could anyone so young portray so persuasively what it feels like to look back on a lot more life than you can see in front of you?" The High Places is further evidence of McFarlane's preternatural talent, a debut collection that reads like the selected works of a literary great"-- Provided by publisher.
"A debut short-story collection from the author of The Night Guest"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780865478046
Branch Call Number: SS MCFARLANE, F.
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 08, 2018

Thirteen stories - different genres, places and times. Some are very good; some are less successful. Well-written but not exceptional.

May 13, 2017

This collection of short stories just won (2017) the Dylan Thomas Prize - a prize open to English language writers aged 39 or under! Her stories take place in various countries and time periods. I enjoyed most of her stories but was mystified by some of them! Most of her stories take place in Australia.


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