They who Do Not Grieve

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Kaya Press, 1999 - Fiction - 273 pages
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Sia Figiel's powerful, poetic skills weave together the voices of three generations of women from two Samoan families. Their dream worlds and realities intermingle, just as the histories of each generation run through the next. At the center of the novel is the Samoan woman's tattoo, the "malu," believed to be brought from Fiji by Siamese twins. The ghosts of the twins watch over the women whose lives are stained by an unfinished tattoo. The shame and grief of not completing the tattoo ceremony go hand in hand with the shame and grief of illicit love and broken promises.

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User Review  - Morgan Patterson - Goodreads

An interesting cultural read that had me lose focus at times due to poetic and hectic writing style. Something catchy about it that made me want to finish it but seemed more like a literary university text than a text for pleasure. My best friend adored it! Read full review

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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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About the author (1999)

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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