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Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways.

In Monkey Grip, Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation. Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living - and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly. Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship. Nora's addiction is romantic love; Javo's is hard drugs. The harder they pull away, the tighter the monkey grip. A lyrical, gritty, rough-edged novel that deserves its place as a classic of Australian fiction.

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  • Paperback

    9780143180036

    March 3, 2008

    Penguin

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742282138

    March 3, 2008

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    384 pages

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Also by Helen Garner

Stories: The Collected Short Fiction
True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction
The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends: Text Classics
Everywhere I Look
Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice: Short Black 4
This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial
Cosmo Cosmolino: Text Classics
Monkey Grip: Popular Penguins
True Stories: Selected Non-Fiction
The Children's Bach
Honour & Other People's Children
The Spare Room