How to End a Story: Diaries 1995-1998

Author(s): Helen Garner


The third instalment of diaries from the inimitable Helen Garner covers four eventful years in the life of one of Australia's most treasured writers. Helen Garner's third volume of diaries is an account of a woman fighting to hold on to a marriage that is disintegrating around her. Living with a great writer who is consumed by his work, and trying to find a place for her own spirit to thrive, she rails against the confines while desperate to find the truth in their relationship-and the truth of her own self. This is a harrowing story, a portrait of the messy, painful, dark side of love lost, of betrayal and sadness and the sheer force of a woman's anger. But it is also a story of resilience and strength, strewn with sharp insight, moments of joy and hope, the immutable ties of motherhood and the regenerative power of a room of one's own.

Matilda Bookshop Review

In this third volume of Garner's diaries, we travel again the tremendous thrum and energy of Garner's observations, insights, confessions, anguish and rapture. Her writing is sublime. As the dark passageways of a disintegrating marriage are navigated, we as readers, are brought to our knees with the shock, sorrow, and torment of the revelations. There is much compassion and humour here, too. This is  the story of a woman stepping into the light after a period of great turmoil. I loved this. And I cried. Molly


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General Fields

  • : 9781922458179
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.494
  • : August 2021
  • : 2.3 Centimeters X 16.1 Centimeters X 24 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : 256
  • : English
  • : 2111
  • : Hardback
  • : Helen Garner