Lucy Lam is a studious pupil at a multicultural Melbourne Catholic school. Her mother minds the baby at home and sews high-end chain store clothing in the garage, while her father toils at a hazardous carpet factory. With dreams of following a different path, Lucy sits an exam for Laurinda, an exclusive ladies’ college, and is awarded the inaugural Equal Access scholarship for ‘kids with parents the school considered povvo’. She leaves behind her friends to start Year Ten at a school where power doesn’t belong to the adults but is shared among a trio of students called ‘the Cabinet’.
Laura Elvery reviews 'Laurinda' by Alice Pung
by Alice Pung
Black Inc., $19.95 pb, 352 pp, 9781863956925
Laura Elvery is a PhD candidate and tutor at Queensland University of Technology. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Award,...
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