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The high places, Fiona McFarlane

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The high places
Title
The high places
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Fiona McFarlane
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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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 andhints 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"--
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Award
  • Queensland Literary Awards, Steele Rudd Award for an Australian short story collection, 2016.
  • Nita B. Kibble Literary Award, 2018.
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10480462
Cataloging source
ANL
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1978-
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McFarlane, Fiona
Dewey number
823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
short stories
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True
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  • Memories
  • Social isolation
  • Fear
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
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stories
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The high places, Fiona McFarlane
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
000055486082
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9781926428567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)923235306
Label
The high places, Fiona McFarlane
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000055486082
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9781926428567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)923235306

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