Unpolished Gem

Publisher details

Author
Alice Pung
Publisher
Black Inc.
Genre
Biography and Memoir
Released
01 September, 2006

Unpolished Gem

Buy now

Retail partners

    Synopsis

    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.Winner- Australian Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards. ‘There’s something striking on every page of Unpolished Gem.’  Helen Garner‘Unpolished Gem is virtuoso storytelling.’  The Australian‘A memoir so vivid that images from it linger behind your eyelids.’  The Age‘... offer(s) a rare bicultural vantage point on Australian multiculturalism’  The Sydney Morning Herald‘... intelligent and touching’  The Herald SunUnpolished Gem is a delightful read – a funny, touching debut from a writer we’re sure to hear more from.’  The Courier Mail
    Alice Pung
    About the author

    Alice Pung

    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 MonthlyGood Weekend, the AgeThe Best Australian Stories and Meanjin

    Books by Alice Pung

    Related articles

    Podcast: Sheila O'Flanagan on Loss, Grief and Accepting Change

    Podcast

    16 May 2022

    Podcast: Sheila O'Flanagan on Loss, Grief and Accepting Change

      Bedtime Story Author Chloe Hooper on Reading in Challenging Times

      News | Author Related

      13 May 2022

      Bedtime Story Author Chloe Hooper on Reading in Challenging Times

        Live Book Event: Cassie Hamer, Author of The Truth About Faking It

        News | Events & Festivals

        13 May 2022

        Live Book Event: Cassie Hamer, Author of The Truth About Faking It

          Podcast: Shelley Burr on Her Award-Winning Crime Debut WAKE

          Podcast

          12 May 2022

          Podcast: Shelley Burr on Her Award-Winning Crime Debut WAKE

            Live Book Event: Akuch Kuol Anyieth, Author of Unknown: A Refugee's Story

            News | Events & Festivals

            11 May 2022

            Live Book Event: Akuch Kuol Anyieth, Author of Unknown: A Refugee's Story

              Live Book Event: Craig Silvey, Author of Honeybee

              News | Events & Festivals

              9 May 2022

              Live Book Event: Craig Silvey, Author of Honeybee

                Podcast: Lauren Chater on the Gown that Inspired The Winter Dress

                Podcast

                9 May 2022

                Podcast: Lauren Chater on the Gown that Inspired The Winter Dress

                  Aussie Authors Continue to Dominate Our Top 100!

                  News

                  6 May 2022

                  Aussie Authors Continue to Dominate Our Top 100!

                    Podcast: Book Chat: Who made the 2022 Top 100?

                    Podcast

                    5 May 2022

                    Podcast: Book Chat: Who made the 2022 Top 100?

                      Classroom Notes: The Bravest Word by Kate Foster

                      News | Book Life

                      4 May 2022

                      Classroom Notes: The Bravest Word by Kate Foster

                      COMMENTS

                      Leave a Reply

                      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *