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This House of Grief by Helen Garner
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Oct 10, 2023 | ISBN 9780553387438

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“Helen Garner is a prodigiously gifted writer, one with many quivers in her bow.” —New York Times Book Review

“Garner knows the feeling of testing the outer limits…especially in her true-crime work. If there’s one impulse that connects all her work — the true-crime books and those that earned her grief for airing uncomfortable truths — it is the recognition of the humanity of villains and victims alike.” —Los Angeles Times

“Garner’s book is superbly alive to the narrative dynamics of the case . . . what consumes her are the difficult questions that seem to lie beyond the reach of formal narration: the deepest assumptions of class and gender and power; the problem of how well we ever understand someone else’s motives.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

“[This House of Grief] grabbed me by the throat in the same way that the podcast series Serial did. Ms. Garner brilliantly and compassionately recounts the harrowing, real-life trial of Robert Farquharson.”—Gillian Anderson, The Wall Street Journal

This House of Grief has all the trademark Helen Garner touches: harrowing scenes recorded without restraint or censorship; touching observations of characters’ weaknesses; wry moments of humour. And also customary with Garner’s work, her words, and the boys’ fate, will haunt us long after we’ve turned the last page.”—The Guardian

“A stark account of the harrowing aftermath of a horrific crime. Garner captures the breathless suspense during the wait for the jury to return; the blow of the decision and sentencing; and her own unsettled response to the shattering experience of contemplating an unthinkable crime.” Kirkus Reviews

This House of Grief, in its restraint and control, bears comparison with In Cold Blood.”—Kate Atkinson, author of Big Sky and Shrines of Gaiety

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