Unpolished Gem, Alice Pung

Unpolished Gem, Alice Pung

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Unpolished Gem, Alice Pung

282 Pages

In a wonderland called Footscray, a girl name Alice and her Chinese-Cambodian family pursue the Australian Dream - Asian style.

Armed with an ocker accent, Alice dives headfirst into schooling, romance and the getting of wisdom.  Her mother becomes and Aussie battler - an outworker, that is.  Her father embraces the miracle of franchising and opens and 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.