Unpolished Gem

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Read How You Want, 2010 - Asians - 367 pages
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 Aus...

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User Review  - Kirstie_Innes-Will - LibraryThing

Alice Pung has a vivid, direct, immediate prose style with great rhythm, and she compellingly brings to life her Chinese Cambodian family in their transition to life in Australia. She writes crisply ... Read full review

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User Review  - tandah - LibraryThing

A really nicely told and fresh story about the challenges faced by one family of former Cambodian/Chinees refugees who build their new life in Australia. Alice covers unique cultural mores around ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Alice Pung was born in 1981 in Footscray, Australia. She has attended the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her first book, Unpolished Gem, won the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australian Book Industry Awards. She is the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia (2008). Her other books include Her Father's Daughter and Laurinda, which is being adapted into a film. She is also a solicitor and an art instructor.

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