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The Spare Room - Helen Garner
The Spare Room
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Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend. Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her... show more
Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend. Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her illness, regardless of the advice that Helen can offer.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781847672650 (1847672655)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Pages no: 180
Edition language: English
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debnance
debnance rated it
4.0 The Spare Room
Helen prepares her spare room for her friend, Nicola. Nicola has advanced cancer and is coming to stay with Helen while she undergoes an unorthodox treatment. I can’t say enough good things about this book. The relationship between Nicola, the gadabout, and Helen, the steady and loyal friend, is fas...
sarah
sarah rated it
3.0 Helen Garner: The Spare Room
This was a short, quick book. I loved how Garner to balanced Helen's sensitivity to her dying friend with her inability to manage the Nicola's care all on her own. It's a difficult subject, but Garner handled it deftly and subtly. I had to admire how controlled the writing was, and how much was conv...
sarah
sarah rated it
3.0 The Spare Room: A Novel
This was a short, quick book. I loved how Garner to balanced Helen's sensitivity to her dying friend with her inability to manage the Nicola's care all on her own. It's a difficult subject, but Garner handled it deftly and subtly. I had to admire how controlled the writing was, and how much was conv...
auntieannie
auntieannie rated it
5.0 The Spare Room
Helen offers her spare room to Nicola, an old friend who is traveling to Helen's city for some alternative cancer treatment. Described on the bookflap as "powerful and taut" -- a good description.Spare, brutal, unsparing. What Helen envisions as an easy thing to do -- offer help to a friend -- turns...
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