The High Places: StoriesPublisher: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016Edition: First American editionDescription: 280 Pages: HardbackISBN:
|Item type||Current library||Call number||Status||Date due||Barcode||Item holds|
|Book Adult and Young Adult 15-17||Karachi Adult Fiction||823.92 (Browse shelf(Opens below))||Available||PKLC020458|
|Book Adult and Young Adult 15-17||Lahore Adult Fiction||823.92 (Browse shelf(Opens below))||Available||PKLC026231|
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.
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