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The Good Daughter

Amra Pajalic

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Shortlisted for the 2009 Melbourne Prize, Best Writing Award. Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mothers mental health issues, her interfering aunt, her mothers new boyfriend, her live-in grandfather and his chess buddy, not toMoreShortlisted for the 2009 Melbourne Prize, Best Writing Award. Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mothers mental health issues, her interfering aunt, her mothers 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 Sabihas 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....a near-perfect rendering of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood whos fighting to be allowed to grow up...the clashing of the old traditional community and its young people is universal. Canberra Times