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The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

Amra Pajalic

  • award* shortlisted for the 2009 Melbourne Prize, Best Writing Award
  • Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mother’s mental health issues, her interfering aunt, her mother’s new boyfriend, her live-in grandfather and his chess buddy, not to mention her arrogant cousin Adnan. They all want to marry her off, have her become a strict Muslim and speak Bosnian.

    And Sabiha’s friends are not always friendly. She gets bullied by girlfriends and is anxious about boyfriends, when she just wants to fit in. But two boys, Brian and Jesse, become the allies of this fierce and funny girl.

    The Good Daughter is a coming-of-age novel written with sensitivity and humour. It confronts head-on the problems of cultural identity in the day-to-day lives of teenagers. Amra Pajalic has a wonderful ear for idiomatic dialogue and the dramatic moment.

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    Amra Pajalic
    About the Author

    Amra Pajalic is a young writer with a big future. The Good Daughter was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier’s Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Writer. Amra lives in the western suburbs of Melbourne where she grew up, and is currently working on a sequel to The Good Daughter.

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    Extent:
    224 pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    4 May 2009
    ISBN:
    9781921520334
    AU Price:
    $19.95
    Themes:
    friendship, freedom, migrant life
    Reading age:
    13+
    Australian
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