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Alice Pung - One Hundred Days
In a heady whirlwind of independence, lust and defiance, sixteen-year-old Karuna falls pregnant. Not on purpose, but not entirely by accident, either. Incensed, Karuna’s mother, already over-protective, confines her to their fourteenth-storey housing-commission flat, to keep her safe from the outside world – and make sure she can’t get into any more trouble.
Stuck inside for endless hours, Karuna battles her mother and herself for a sense of power in her own life, as a new life forms and grows within her. As the due date draws ever closer, the question of who will get to raise the baby – who it will call Mum – festers between them.
One Hundred Days is a fractured fairytale exploring the faultlines between love and control. At times tense and claustrophobic, it is nevertheless brimming with humour, warmth and character. It is a magnificent new work from one of Australia’s most celebrated writers.

Jun 16, 2021 07:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Alice Pung
Author
Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter and the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Photo credit: Courtney Brown
Bruno Lettieri
Facilitator
Bruno Lettieri founded the interview series Rotunda in the West while at Victoria University and interviewed Helen Garner, Arnold Zable, Michael Leunig and many more. He now freelances at festivals and libraries as Bruno Goes Everywhere. His love of story stems from many years as a teacher. Some of his interviews and podcasts can be found on brunogoeseverywhere.com