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The Spare Room - Helen Garner


Published: 2nd February 2010
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In her first novel in fifteen years, Helen Garner writes about the joys and limits of female friendship under the transforming pressure of illness. "The clear-eyed grace of her prose" in this darkly funny and unsparing novel has been hailed by Peter Carey as "the work of a great writer." Garlanded with awards, dazzling reviewers around the globe, "The Spare Room" is destined to be a modern literary classic.

"My favorite discovery of the year."--Anne Enright "Luminous. . . It reminds us that literature not only can, but must, address the most important subjects, because it does so in ways no other form can."--Claire Messud, "Newsweek""" "Garner is perhaps most easily introduced to new American readers as the Joan Didion of Australia--a person who writes with a diamond drill, depicting human relationships with such brutal clarity they seem to be rendered for the first time."--April Smith, "Los Angeles Times""" "A Molotov cocktail of a book. . . Her voice is full of unexpected humor."--Emily Carter, "Minneapolis Star-Tribune""" "A book so sensitive, sad, funny, and alive that it surely deserves an honored place on many shelves."--Diana Athill, "The Daily Telegraph" (UK) "Two women who have known each other for fifteen years, spending three weeks together with the weight of one crushing disease. How do we calculate what's important in our lives? Highly recommended."--Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" (starred review) "Only great fiction demands us to reset our moral compass and look at our value coordinates all over again. "The Spare Room" achieves this."--Neel Mukherjee, "The Times" (UK)

Helen Garner

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She has published many works of fiction including Monkey Grip, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Children's Bach. Her fiction has won numerous awards. She is also one of Australia's most respected non-fiction writers, and received a Walkley Award for journalism in 1993.

Her most recent books are The First Stone, True Stories, My Hard Heart, The Feel of Stone and Joe Cinque's Consolation. In 2006 she won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. She lives in Melbourne.

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ISBN: 9780312428174
ISBN-10: 0312428170
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 2nd February 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 14.22  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.17