Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A book worth talking about.... The Spare Room

The Spare Room, by Helen Garner, is a perfect little gem of a book. About friendship between women, it's set in Australia and tells the story of one woman's efforts to help her dying friend. Unsentimentally, she prepares her spare room.  Anyone who has cared for a seriously ill person will recognize the tiredness and sense of being overwhelmed by events and emotions while trying to keep your own life on an even keel.  She does what she has to do. As we do.

I love this book. It raises women onto a higher plane.

The Spare Room won several Australian Prizes and was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It's a quick read. Read it

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