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One Day I'll Remember This: Diaries, 1987-1995 Hardcover – October 12, 2021
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Following on from last year’s Yellow Notebook, Helen Garner’s much-anticipated second volume of diaries charts a tumultuous stage in her life. Beginning in 1987, as she embarks on an affair that she knows will be all-consuming, and ending in 1995 with the publication of The First Stone and the furore that followed it, Garner reveals the inner life of a woman in love and a great writer at work. With devastating honesty and sparkling humour, Garner grapples with what it means for her sense of self to be so entwined with another―how to survive as an artist in a partnership that is both enthralling and uncompromising. And through it all we see the elevating, and grounding, power of work and the enduring value of friendship.
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"I loved Helen Garner’s second volume of diaries, One Day I’ll Remember This. I would read Garner’s grocery lists; she’s one of my favourites. I must have underlined something on every page." ―Fatima Bhutto, author of The Runaways
“Garner’s self-deprecating reflections are profound and funny. Her dispatches from daily life in the late 80s and early 90s...are relayed in her trademark matter-of-fact prose, always oriented towards truth and self-examination, no matter how painful...One Day I’ll Remember This is a revealing window into the mind of one of Australia’s greatest living writers.” ―Books+Publishing
“The spirituality of these diaries is worth a library of high-minded theology...Their acuity is ultimately healing. You will leave with the impression that you have not so much been looking at Garner’s life as at life itself.” ―Age
"The ordinary in these diaries – the daily, the diurnal, the stumbled-upon, the breathing in and out – is turned into something else through the writer’s extraordinary craft." ―Australian Book Review
"On the page, Garner is uncommonly fierce, though this usually has the effect on me of making her seem all the more likable. I relish her fractious, contrarian streak – she wears it as a chef would a bloody apron – even as I worry about what it would be like to have to face it down." ―Guardian
"What a joy and a privilege it is to dive into the pages of Helen Garner’s second volume of diaries…If you have never read Garner, read them for the sheer beauty of the prose and clarity of her thinking. If, like me, you have devoured everything she has ever written, they will enhance your understanding of her work." ―Nicole Abadee, Good Weekend
"With One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995, Helen Garner proves once more why anything and everything she writes is a life lesson in courage, acuity and the eviscerating quest for self-knowledge. What unites these three books, apart from sublime writing, is the revelation of the lengths to which women must go to hide their lights – protect yet nourish their secret selves – and the cost of such radical concealment." ―Clare Wright, Age
“Garner is a charming and courageous writer whose distinctive voice exemplifies the range of what is possible in personal writing.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The graceful prose with which she delivers her insights will challenge readers to look at what is happening around them.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Garner is a natural storyteller: her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.” ―New Yorker
“Writes with the humor and precision of Joy Williams, the warmth and ferocity of Elena Ferrante, and the investigative rigor of Janet Malcolm.” ―John Freeman, LitHub
About the Author
- Publisher : Text Publishing Company (October 12, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1922330272
- ISBN-13 : 978-1922330277
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #313,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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