Where We Once Belonged

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Sia Figiel
Kaya, 1999 - Fiction - 247 pages
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Fiction. A bestseller in New Zealand and winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Prize, Sia Figiel's debut marks the first time a novel by a Samoan woman has been published in the United States. Figiel uses the traditional Samoan storytelling form of su'ifefiloi to talk back to Western anthropological studies on Samoan women and culture. Told in a series of linked episodes, this powerful and highly original narrative follows thirteen-year-old Alofa Filiga as she navigates the mores and restrictions of her village and comes to terms with her own search for identity. A story of Samoan PUBERTY BLUES, in which Gauguin is dead but Elvis lives on -- Vogue Australia. A storytelling triumph -- Elle Australia.

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Samoan novel of the life of an adolescent girl. Tries a little too hard to be provocative. Read in Samoa May 2002 Read full review


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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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