The Night Guest

The Night Guest

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… (more)

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Interview of Fiona McFarlane by Lara Touitou

Fiona McFarlane is an Australian writer. The Night Guest is her first novel.

Editorial reviews (4 reviews)

The Night Guest is a confident and engaging debut that poignantly depicts the final act of a life, the memories and loves that can (and can’t) be regained, and the mysterious visitor that we all become, eventually, to ourselves.

One certitude about “The Night Guest” is that it’s a superb first novel that investigates the terrors — both extraordinary and mundane — of old age.

A pleasurable novel, with turns of plot and phrase both startling and elegant.

Book Details  

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English

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