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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane is a debut novel. Ruth, a seventy-five year old widow, with two sons abroad has settled into the family summer home on the coast of Australia. While she is in bed at night, Ruth thinks she hears a tiger roaming her house. This is possible since she leaves a door open at night for her own cats. Suddenly a caretaker, Frida, arrives form the government. Ruth hasn’t asked for her, but accepts Frida and slowly her hours of help go from a few hours a day to full time as Frida moves into one of her son’s room. Ruth begins a romance with a long lost acquaintance, Richard Porter, though he did kiss her when they were both young. Now he is eighty. He comes for the weekend. Is Frida conning Ruth or is Ruth actually losing it? And where are her sons? Growing old can be tough.  

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