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Alice Pung

Unpolished Gem

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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.


Author: Alice Pung

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 288

Imprint: Black inc

Publication Date: 28 Aug 2006

ISBN:  9781863951586