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The Resource Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem

Label
Unpolished Gem
Title
Unpolished Gem
Statement of responsibility
Alice Pung
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Winner, 2007 Australian Book Industry AwardsThis 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.'Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.' —Amy Tan'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 Sun'Unpolished Gem is a delightful read – a funny, touching debut from a writer we're sure to hear more from.' —The Courier MailShortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, the Age Book of the Year Awards, the Colin Roderick Award and the Waverley Library Award for Literature.Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter and Laurinda 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. Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence
Summary
The author describes growing up in Australia as the child of Cambodian refugees, the conflicts she experienced in trying to balance the two worlds of her insular family and new life in Australia, and the trials of cultural misunderstanding and assimilation
Writing style
Award
Australian Book Industry Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Biography type
autobiography
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293538
Cataloging source
DLC
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Pung, Alice
Dewey number
  • 305.895932094510922
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Multi-Cultural
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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my mother, my grandmother, and me
Label
Unpolished Gem
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9451b3b6-c925-44cc-b4fe-dd930d3c56a9
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921825385
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Unpolished Gem
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9451b3b6-c925-44cc-b4fe-dd930d3c56a9
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921825385
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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