Helen Garner was born in Geelong, Australia, in 1942. Her award-winning books include novels, stories, screenplays, and works of nonfiction, including "Monkey Grip," "The First Stone," and "Joe Cinque's Consolation." "The Spare Room" is her first work of fiction in fifteen years. She lives in Australia.
""The Spare Room" is a perfect novel, imbued with all Garner's usual clear-eyed grace but with some other magnificent dimension that hides between the lines of her simple conversational voice. How is it that she can enter this heart-breaking territory--the dying friend who comes to stay--and make it not only bearable, but glorious, and funny? There is no answer except: Helen Garner is a great writer; "The Spare Room" is a great book."--Peter Carey"I very much admire "The Spare Room". It's cleanly-written, sharp, with the authority of lived experience but an artist's penetration of the issues. It provides a portrait very hard to erase, of a child's ego trapped in a failing and ageing body, and it raises uncomfortable questions: what are the limits of friendship? Who will care for a generation that thought it would never get old?"--Hilary Mantel, author of "Beyond Black "and "Giving Up the Ghost""Swift, beautiful, and relentless, "The Spare Room "is a brutal novel in the best sense."--Alice Sebold