With a home-grown accent and an imported heritage, Alice Pung grew up straddling two worlds.
By the time she was born, her family had already made the perilous journey from revolutionary China and the killing fields of Cambodia, to their new home in a prosperous Australian suburb.
But even as Alice dives headfirst into life in the only country she's ever known, she also understands her father's wonder at the magical workings of escalators, her grandmother's fervent blessings for the generosity of Father Government, and her mother's determination to toil every hour of the day and night.
Warm-spirited and wonderfully wise, "Unpolished Gem" is a vibrant, irreverent portrait of the foreigner's fumbles, the everyday successes and the bittersweet bonds that hold one small family together in a big new country.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 01/03/2009
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781846271441