The Night Guest introduced an Australian writer 'with the promise of literary greatness' (Los Angeles Times). The High Places delivers on that promise.
The dazzling stories in this collection find those moments when people confront the strangeness and mystery of their lives. The revelations of intimidating old friends on holiday. An accident on a dark country road. A marine biologist in conversation with the ghost of Charles Darwin. The sudden arrival of American parachutists in a Queensland country town. A lottery win. A farmer troubled by miracles in the middle of a drought . . . The people in The High Places are jolted into seeing themselves from a fresh and often disconcerting perspective.
Ben Says: McFarlane carries readers to mysterious places with this new collection of stories. These tales go from familiar Sydney to drought-stricken bushland and far aboard. All of them morn, in their own unique way, the varied degrees of distance we feel between ourselves and those nearest and dearest to us. Guiding the reader throughout is a sincerity and surety of voice in the narration that makes for delightful reading.
In my opinion, this book is worth your money for the power of its last piece, 'The High Places' alone. It's a massive achievement in a handful of pages.