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Alice Pung and Allee Richards’ protagonists each find themselves unexpectedly confronting motherhood. In Alice’s One Hundred Days, Karuna is just 16 when she falls pregnant and hostage to her Filipina Chinese mother’s controlling behaviour and general meanness, even as Grand Mar’s resilience saves them. Allee’s Eva sees her hopes for a new relationship with Pat dashed when he dies by suicide, never knowing she was carrying his child. The pregnancy becomes a catalyst for Eva to transform her life. Both books are characterised by depth and hope.
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Alice Pung is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of two memoirs and an essay collection, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, is being adapted into a play for Melbourne Theatre Company and her second is One Hundred Days.
Allee Richards' short fiction has been published widely in Australian literary magazines and anthologies, including Kill Your Darlings, The Best Australian Stories, New Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow and Australian Book Review. Small Joys of Real Life is her first novel.