Amra Pajalic

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Amra Pajalic is an author and teacher. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award, and was a finalist in the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Prior to publication it was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. She is also author of a novel for children Amir: Friend on Loan (Garratt Publishing, 2014).

She is co-editor of the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2014) that was was shortlisted for the 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and was selected by the Grattan Institute for the 2015 Summer Reading List for Prim
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Amra Pajalic Usually writer's block for me is emotional exhaustion and creative fatigue so I need to take a time out, read some amazing books and slowly re-fill my…moreUsually writer's block for me is emotional exhaustion and creative fatigue so I need to take a time out, read some amazing books and slowly re-fill my creative well. Then I need to give myself permission to write really, really badly in order to write at all. The more I write, even if it's badly, the more the muse comes back to life. Sometimes if I can't write I type lyrics to songs until the little voice in my head returns.(less)
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A heart-wrenching ending to the series. I just feel completely shaken and torn up at the way that Lila and Elena's friendship ended. Such a story, such a saga, such a engrossing read. Loved this series. Loved the way it completely engrossed me where ...more
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The third book in the series. I could really relate to Elena's struggles as motherhood and marriage suffocate her creativity and she struggles with finding purpose, while Lila finds her fortune but still struggles with life in Naples. Can't wait to r ...more
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“She was a victim of her own brain chemistry, and as her daughter my role was to accept and love her for who she was, not who I wanted her to to be.”
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“Our mother was different, but that’s what we liked about her. While other children had strict routines and consequences, we had freedom and frivolity— and we didn’t want the party to end.”
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“My brother and I only had each other and it was our job to protect Mum from well-meaning adults who saw her as an adult-child incapable of performing her parental responsibilities.”
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