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One Hundred Days

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Awards for One Hundred Days

  • Shortlisted, 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Shortlisted in Best Designed Commercial Fiction Award, Australian Book Design Awards
  • Longlisted, 2022 ABIA Award, Literary Fiction

About the author

Alice Pung

Alice Pung OAM is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as …

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Praise for One Hundred Days

One Hundred Days is the tale of mothers and daughters the world over – the relationships we navigate, the weight of our histories, and how, no matter the fractures life throws between us, our daughters will always hum us home. Pung’s characters are so real, I could feel them in the room. There is no word out of place, no sentence that doesn’t sing with poetry. This is truly fiction at its fiercest. It is a masterpiece, a triumph – Pung’s greatest work yet.’ —Maxine Beneba Clarke

One Hundred Days tells a story about growing up, discovering the difference between love and control, and taking responsibility. I loved the details: they spoke of a whole world. How I admired this young, determined protagonist. The book is wonderful; I read it all in one sitting.’ —Sofie Laguna

‘A legit masterpiece. Funny in all the right places, sob-inducing at the end.’ —Benjamin Law

‘What is astounding about One Hundred Days is that while it is fearlessly honest about the damage family members can inflict on one another, it is also full of forgiveness and harmony and grace. Pung’s discernment and command as a writer is astonishing, elating. I adore this book.’ —Christos Tsiolkas

‘I devoured this book – a beautiful, funny, rude, deeply moving story.’ —Virginia Trioli

One Hundred Days is a heartachingly personal story about love, motherhood and the different forms they both take … a must-read for fans of The Mothers by Brit Bennett.’ —Books and Publishing

One Hundred Days can be an uncomfortable read ... but Pung’s writing is also infused with humour, warmth, and an understanding of what it is to be both mother and daughter.’ —Australian Book Review

‘Pung captures the confusion and fury of adolescence; while at the same time, offering a bigger perspective that leaves the reader with no easy answers, only the uneasy complication of being human.’ —SBS Voices

‘A deceptively simple plot under which bubbles the latent power of raw emotional need and complicated love. Pung’s writing is liltingly lovely; every word careful and considered.’ —Jackie Tang, Readings Monthly

‘Stunning ... One Hundred Days is Pung’s best work so far, but know that it will break your heart … It’s here to challenge our perceptions of love, family and culture. It’s here to pull on our heartstrings and have us turn each page faster and faster, desperate to know the ending.’ —ArtsHub

‘A glorious song of a novel … Pung changes our perceptions and sympathies, building characters with depth and complexity ... At its core, this is an uplifting story of a woman defining her own life, knowing that she will give her child the freedom to do the same.’ —The Saturday Paper

‘A thoughtful, finely observed book’ —The West Australian

‘A compelling portrayal of the teetering movement from girl to woman ... A modern fairy tale for and about those who live in housing commission flats, for those who don’t feel they are worth anything, those who feel like they don’t count.’ —Sydney Review of Books

One Hundred Days is written with Pung’s characteristic verve and attention to detail and dialogue.’ —Thuy On, Saturday Age

‘Pung takes us into the claustrophobic lives of her characters with compassion’ —ABC News

Teachers' Resources


◆ Romantic love ◆ Motherhood and maternal love ◆ Displays of love ◆ Power ◆ Parenting ◆ Racism ◆ Individualism and autonomy ◆ Growing up and shifting perspectives ◆ Generational and cross-cultural clashes ◆ Generational trauma and the impact of the past ◆ Role of make-believe and fantasy ◆ Class, poverty and expectations of the poor

Reading age

Suitable for Grade 11 and above


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