Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem : My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me

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"Poignant, provocative, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, Pung's rollicking tale of two worlds is not to be missed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) After Alice Pung's family fled to Australia from the killing fields of Cambodia, her father chose Alice as her name because he thought their new country was a Wonderland. In this lyrical, bittersweet debut memoir--already an award-winning bestseller when it was published in Australia--Alice grows up straddling two worlds, East and West, her insular family and the Australia outside. With wisdom beyond her years and a keen eye for comedy in everyday life, she writes of the trials of assimilation and cultural misunderstanding, and of the tender but fraught relationships between three generations of women trying to live the Australian dream without losing themselves. Unpolished Gem is a moving, vivid journey about identity and the ultimate search for acceptance and healing, delivered by a writer possessed of rare empathy, penetrating insight, and undeniable narrative gifts.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
  • Plume Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0452290007
  • 9780452290006
  • 119,518

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?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"show more

About Alice Pung

ALICE PUNG was born in Australia in 1981, one month after her parents migrated from Cambodia. She is now a Melbourne-based writer and lawyer.show more

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