Children's Bach, The

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Athena and Dexter live a happy but insular life, bound by routine and the care of their young sons. When Elizabeth, an old friend from Dexter's university days, turns up with her much younger sister, Vicki, and her lover, Philip, she brings an enticing world into their doorstep. And Athena finds herself straining at the confines of her life. Helen Garner portrays her characters with a clear eye for their dreams, their insecurities and their deep humanity in this intimate and engaging short novel, which was first published in 1984. The Children's Bach is 'a jewel,' in Ben Lerner's description, 'beautiful, lapidary, rare.'

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'Garner wears her mastery lightly--the novel never draws undue attention to its own modernist tricks. Unfolding, as the title suggests, like a halting piece of music, its effects are subtle and unexpected.' --Harper's Magazine

'A natural storyteller.'--James Wood, New Yorker; 'A celebration of family life in the context of the thousand natural shocks that it is heir to in modern times.'--Book World; '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 'Garner can write about everything for every reader...Her tone throughout is one of considerable charm and approachability. Five minutes in Garner's company, you feel, and you'd be telling her your deepest secrets.'--Neil Stewart, Civilian Global

'[Garner's] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.' --The Monthly

'This book feels restorative, filled with carefully observed moments.'
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'What Garner offers in these novels is an alternative to the cloying metafiction of the late 20th century and the washed-out realism of the 21st. They are undeniably of their time - the 1970s commitment to the liberating possibilities of sex, drugs and communal living in Monkey Grip, the hangover nursed in the 1980s in The Children's Bach - but they also belong to a literary epoch we think of as long gone, as they earnestly strive to resurrect a modernist art of estrangement.' --London Review of Books

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Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. Her book of essays Everywhere I Look won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction.

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