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The Good Daughter
Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with. Her Bosnian family migrated before the Balkan Wars—but she was born in Australia and feels like a local. She has to put up with her mother’s mental health isssues, 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.
Her friend Dina is Bosnian too but she’s got a different take on her identity. And Sabiha’s Australian friends are not always friendly. She gets bullied by girlfriends and is anxious about boyfriends, when she just wants to fit in—and read stories (and maybe write one…) But two boys, Brian and Jesse, become her allies in the battle to survive her family feuds and her social life.
Any Young Adult audience is bound to enjoy Sabiha’s first fumbles with boys, her hilarious conversations about virginity, homosexuality and her religion, amidst the constant dramas of teenage friendship.
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.
The Good Daughter was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Awards for Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Writer.
Read below for more about my achievements.
Short Story Publication Credits
Summer 2008) The Old Man (Spinetingler
Summer 2008) The Vow (Spinetingler
Summer 2008) The Other Shoe (Spinetingler
Summer 2008) The Living Dead (Spinetingler
July 2007) Fuck Me Eyes (2005 Best Australian Short Stories, Black Inc
Dec 2005) Siege (2004 Best Australian Short Stories, Black Inc
Dec 2004) Eunuch-que Pleasure (Wildfire Literary Erotica journal Nov 2004) Metal Statues (Stories of Melbourne The Bigger M Anthology, Nov 2001) The Brazillian (Australian Women's Forum
May 2001) Can't Buy me Love (Woman's Day
Apr 2001) Ice Cream (Voiceworks
Nov 2000) Mother's Nature (Big Issue
Short Story Competitions
The Cuckoo's Song, (Second Prize in Brimbank Council Short Story Competition
Apr 2004) Eunuch-que Pleasure under pen-name Amy Paige (2nd Prize winner in Wildfire Erotic Short Story Competition, Apr 2004) Siege (3rd prize in Glen Eira Literary Awards, My Brother Jack� open award
May 2001) Bystanders ignore racist attack on girl (Winner of Story of the Year in SYME Schools Community Newspapers Competition, Apr 1992)
2005 Best Australian Stories Review Mentions of Fuck Me Eyes
Briskly narrated and interesting and original writing (Australian Book Review
2004 Best Australian Stories Review Mentions of Siege
A powerful and moving story of family dissolution and the suffering, deprivation and terror of war.
Featured to promote shortlisting in Victorian Premier's Awards (Brimbank Leader August 2007)Featured to promote 2005 Best Australian Short Stories (The Glebe newspaper 8 Dec 2005) Featured as Winner of Story of the Year in SYME Schools Community Newspapers Competition (St Albans-Keilor Advocate Dec 1992)
2004 Best Australian Stories Launch
Books I've read in 2008
Forever by Judy Blume
Chenxi and the Foreigner by Sally Rippin
What Burns Within by Sandra Ruttan
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Luck in the Greater West by Damian McDonald
Moonstruck by Patricia Briggs
Like Water for Chocolate by Lara Esquivel
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Nine Letters Long by J.C. Burke
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Addition by Toni Jordan
Ghost Hunters-The Victorians and the Hunt for Proof of Life after Death by Deborah Blum
Books I've read in 2007
Books I've read in 2006