Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem

My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me

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Penguin Putnam

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.

Download a revised version of the Pung and Chia family trees that appear in Unpolished Gem.



Random House, Inc.
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.

Download a revised version of the Pung and Chia family trees that appear inUnpolished Gem.



Baker & Taylor
An evocative memoir 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, the trials of cultural misunderstanding and assimilation, and the relationships among three generations of women. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
Alice Pung's family fled the killing fields of Cambodia, arriving in Australia with only one empty suitcase and Alice in her mother's womb. Her father chose her name because he thought their new country was a Wonderland.
In this lyrical, bittersweet debut memoir - already hailed with several prestigious awards - 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.
There is a Cambodian saying that states, "A girl is like white cotton wool - once dirtied it can never be clean again. A boy is like a gem - the more you polish it, the more it shines." Alice's memoir shows us the depths of beauty and untapped potential hidden just beneath the surface. 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.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2009
ISBN: 9780452290006
Branch Call Number: 305.8959 PUNG PUNG
Characteristics: xi, 282 pages ; 20 cm
Notes: Originally published: Melbourne : Black Inc., c2006
"A Plume book."

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