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In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways.

Nora falls in love with Javo the junkie, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made. But caught in an increasingly ambiguous relationship, they are unable to let go - and the harder they pull away from each other, the tighter the monkey grip.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143202714

    June 29, 2009

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    256 pages

    RRP $12.99

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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
True Stories: Selected Non-Fiction
The Children's Bach
Honour & Other People's Children
The Spare Room
Monkey Grip

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