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Where We Once Belonged

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    On a visit back in 2001 to Tutuila, I visited a bookstore to see if I could find a new friend to keep me company while I visited my ailing father. Books were my friends and helped me escape some of the similar experiences the main character in 'Where I once belonged' went through. What happened next sort of felt like an out of body experience. Sia Figuel and I share the same first name. We are the same age and while she was growing up in Western Samoa, I was doing so in Tutuila. Sia and I met over some drinks and bonded like long lost friends. Where we once belonged introduces a generational epiphany through Alofa's eyes and heart that ironicaly strikes a cord for so many samoan women. Its nice to have a voice a Samoan woman's voice in the literary world. Sia Figuel does us proud and is a credit to her people. Perhaps there might a future version where the Samoan is translated into English for the English reading audience. We'll see...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2001

    Miss Samoa, land of Australia

    First time I ever read this book, I was really into it until all my Samoan friends wanted to know what I was talking about and of course the book went around the circle. The things that happen in Alofa and her girlfriends life makes us realise how we are still dealing with the traditional ways with parents, getting into trouble, boys, school and church. Since my friends and I are Samoans we understand what Sia Figuel has overcome in this pure Samoan story!!!! Choice!!!!!

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