In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways.
Nora falls in love with Javo the junkie, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made. But caught in an increasingly ambiguous relationship, they are unable to let go - and the harder they pull away from each other, the tighter the monkey grip.
About the Author
Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She has published many
owrks 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.