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One hundred days. It’s no time at all, she tells me. But she’s not the one waiting.

In a heady whirlwind of independence, lust and defiance, 16-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 14th-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 fault lines 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 authors.

©2021 Alice Pung (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Raw and beautiful

Alice Pung beautifully captures the raw, problematic and beautiful relationship so many mother’s and daughter navigate throughout their lives. I value Alice’s ability to capture how a mother’s excessive nurturing can be suffocating for a daughter, but from a mother’s perspective it is to protect her. This books follows a teenager, developing her relationship with her mother, as well has becoming a mother herself. It is a book that so effortlessly captures how a mother be so blinding and self-sacrificing.

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