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Her Father’s Daughter – Alice Pung

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by in Adults, Biography, Memoir

Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father’s Daughter from Alice Pung captures a father-daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way.

At twenty-something, Alice is hungry for the milestones of young womanhood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes away from home, she feels the sharp tug of invisible threads: the love and worry of her Chinese-Cambodian parents, who want more than anything to keep her from harm. Her father fears for her safety to an extraordinary degree – but why? As she digs further into her father’s story, Alice embarks on a journey of painful discovery: of memories lost and found, of her own fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the years.

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‘A memoir so vivid that images from it linger behind your eyelids.’ – The Age

‘Unpolished Gem is virtuoso storytelling.’ – The Australian

 

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