They who Do Not Grieve

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Kaya Press, 1999 - Fiction - 273 pages
3 Reviews
Fiction. Sia Figiel is the first contemporary woman novelist from Samoa. Her first book, WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED won the 1997 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book and has been translated into several European languages. In the sequel, THEY WHO DO NOT GRIEVE, Sia Figiel's powerful poetic skills weave together the voices of three generations of women from two families in Samoa and New Zealand. Their fates indeliably joined by betrayal and an unfinished tattoo, Lalolagi and Tausi pass along a complex legacy of stories, secrets, and courage to their granddaughters, Malu and Alofa. This link invokes the mythic twin sisters who originally brought the tattoo custom to Samoa as they navigate a society that threatens their self-determination as Samoans and as women.

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User Review  - Lynne - Goodreads

Complex and sometimes confusing tale set in Samoa using the voices of 2 women and their descendents. Well written narrative in which the local mythology is woven throughout. Worth a read. Read full review

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User Review  - Minal - Goodreads

Just finished re-reading ... Even more amazing than I remembered. 1st woman novelist from Samoa. Read full review

Contents

Malu
3
Meeting Mrs Winterson and her friends
12
To be earless
27
Copyright

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Sia Figiel is the first contemporary woman novelist from Samoa. "Where We Once Belonged" won a 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book prize and has been translated into several European languages. She is also the author of "The Girl In The Moon Circle" and of a collection of prose and poetry, "To a Young Artist in Contemplation.

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