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Postcards from Surfers : stories (original 1985; edition 1985)

by Helen Garner

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GENERAL & LITERARY FICTION. AUSTRALIAN. A selection of short stories and the novella "The Children's Bach" make up this volume by Helen Garner, a popular Australian novelist. The states of friendship, love and marriage and the sexual world that exists both within and outside of families are all brought into focus by these tales.… (more)
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Title:Postcards from Surfers : stories
Authors:Helen Garner
Info:Melbourne : McPhee Gribble, 1985.
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An interesting little book of short stories written in the early eighties by someone who has become one of Australia's well known writers.

The stories are all very Australian, even though they are not all set in Australia. And they're all very much 'Helen Garner'. Not sure really why I say that, they just feel like that to me. Perhaps it's the raw honesty, (which has also become a hallmark of all her later writing), perhaps it is her ear for dialogue, perhaps it's the skilful combination of darkness and light, weaving hope into despair.

The stories are all different of course, although they have an over-arching theme of relationships (most of them unsatisfactory) between the sexes. As with any collection, I enjoyed some more than others, some rang truer than others, some very forgettable and others stay with you. They are sad, funny, poignant, searingly honest, and unique. ( )
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GENERAL & LITERARY FICTION. AUSTRALIAN. A selection of short stories and the novella "The Children's Bach" make up this volume by Helen Garner, a popular Australian novelist. The states of friendship, love and marriage and the sexual world that exists both within and outside of families are all brought into focus by these tales.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0143180061, 0143204904

 

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