One morning Ruth wakes thinking a tiger has been in her seaside house. Later that day a formidable woman called Frida arrives. She's come to care for Ruth. Frida and the tiger: both are here to stay, neither is what they seem. Who can she trust? The Night Guest is a mesmerising debut novel about love, dependence and the fear of uncertainty. Fiona McFarlane talks to Charlotte Wood about fiction’s ability to tap the mysterious workings of our minds.
Fiona McFarlane (Australian)
Fiona McFarlane has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her work has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Southerly, the Best Australian Stories and the New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Night Guest, her debut novel, has sold into fifteen territories around the world.
Charlotte Wood is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and a book of essays. Her last novel, Animal People, won the People's Choice medal in the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, was shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize and long listed for the Miles Franklin. Her latest book is Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food. In 2013 she started her own magazine, The Writer's Room Interviews, and her fifth novel will be published next year. charlottewood.com.au