These stories—that delve into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life—are all told with her characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour. Each one a perfect piece, together they showcase Garner’s mastery of the form.
'Her prose is wiry, stark, precise, but to find her equal for the tone of generous humanity one has to call up writers like Isaac Babel and Anton Chekhov'—The Wall Street Journal; ‘A natural storyteller.’—New Yorker; ‘Garner’s stories share characteristics of the postcard: they flash before us carefully recorded images that remind us of harsher realities not pictured. And like postcards they are economically written, a bit of conversation is transcribed, a memory recalled, an event noted, scenes pass as if viewed from a train - momentarily, distinct and tantalizing in their beauty.’—New York Times; ‘A perfect introduction for first-timers who have not yet experienced the pleasures of Garner’s writing.’—Sydney Morning Herald
- Windham Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction
- Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction
- ForeWord Reviews INDIEFAB
- Melbourne Prize for Literature
- Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction