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Unpolished Gem - Alice Pung

Paperback Published: August 2006
ISBN: 9781863951586
Number Of Pages: 288

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This story does not begin on a boat. Nor does it contain any wild swans or falling leaves.

In a wonderland called Footscray, a girl named Alice and her Chinese-Cambodian family pursue the Australian Dream - Asian style. Armed with an ocker accent, Alice dives head-first into schooling, romance and the getting of wisdom. Her mother becomes an Aussie battler - an outworker, that is. Her father embraces the miracle of franchising and opens an electrical-appliance store. And every day her grandmother blesses Father Government for giving old people money.

Unpolished Gem is a book rich in comedy, a loving and irreverent portrait of a family, its everyday struggles and bittersweet triumphs. With it, Australian writing gains an unforgettable new voice.

About the Author

Alice Pung is the author of Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter and the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Alice’s work has appeared in the Monthly, Good Weekend, The Age, The Best Australian Stories and Meanjin.

Industry Reviews

aAlice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.a a
Amy Tan
aThis is a sophisticated and fiercely intelligent booka] Thereas something striking on every page.a
aHelen Garner, author of "Postcards from Surfers"
?Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.? ?
Amy Tan

?This is a sophisticated and fiercely intelligent book? There's something striking on every page.?
?Helen Garner, author of "Postcards from Surfers"

ISBN: 9781863951586
ISBN-10: 186395158X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: August 2006
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 13.7  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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