Friday, 6 February 2015
a year of australian writing - alice pung's laurinda
Laurinda, Alice Pung's first novel, comes after the success of her previously published memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father's Daughter. This is a fabulous read with a remarkably strong voice - John Marsden couldn't have put it better than his cover statement "Alice Pung totally nails it with Laurinda." I've been to both co-ed and single sex schooling and this novel could have sprung from either place - the intricacies of the social hierarchy are stripped apart under Lucy's observant eye and we are the fortunate observers into this important stage of her life.
I'm going to call it early and say that Laurinda will be one of my favourite reads in 2015 - a rash statement to make at this stage of the year, but it is amazing!
Have you read Laurinda? Did it make the grade and send you back to your own school days?
PS I'm joining in with Pip's A Year of Australian Writing.
PPS Cover image via here.