Philip McFarland

Biography and Cultural History

Novels

SEASONS OF FEAR is a fictional account of an alleged slave revolt that threw into panic historical colonials of 1741 in New York City, with horrific consequences. The story is told through letters, journal entries, and other documents purportedly by people involved in the terrifying events. THE NEW YORKER concluded that the novel was "a cunning and brilliant achievement," and Wayne Reilly of BOOKMARKS found it "a story in every way as exciting and deserving of attention as the Salem witch trials."

A HOUSE FULL OF WOMEN
A HOUSE FULL OF WOMEN recounts a crucial year in the life of a boy growing up in an unnamed southern city during the Second World War, with his father absent in the service. The NEW YORK HERALD- TRIBUNE felt that the novel was "so skillfully contrived as to seem effortless," and the London TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT judged it to be "a masterly piece of storytelling." Granville Hicks, in the SATURDAY REVIEW OF LITERATURE, called A HOUSE FULL OF WOMEN one of the three best first novels of its year. (The other two were TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and A SEPARATE PEACE.)