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The Spare Room: A Novel Paperback – February 2, 2010

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“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.” ―
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“A Molotov cocktail of a book. . . Her voice is full of unexpected humor.” ―
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“A book so sensitive, sad, funny, and alive that it surely deserves an honored place on many shelves.” ―
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“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.” ―
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“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)

About the Author

Helen Garner was born in Geelong, Australia, in 1942. Her award-winning books, including The Spare Room, Monkey Grip, The First Stone, and Joe Cinque’s Consolation, include novels, stories, screenplays, and works of nonfiction. She lives in Australia.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; First edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 175 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312428170
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312428174
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.43 x 8.5 inches
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Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. She taught in Victorian secondary schools until 1972, when she was dismissed for answering her students’ questions about sex, and had to start writing journalism for a living.

Her first novel, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Since then she has published novels, short stories, essays, and feature journalism. Her screenplay The Last Days of Chez Nous was filmed in 1990. Garner has won many prizes, among them a Walkley Award for her 1993 article about the murder of two-year-old Daniel Valerio. In 1995 she published The First Stone, a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case. Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2004) was a non-fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra.

In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her most recent novel, The Spare Room (2008), won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages.

Helen Garner lives in Melbourne.

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