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Where We Once Belonged

(1996)
A novel by

 
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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Paperback Editions

November 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Where We Once Belonged
Author(s): Sia Figiel
ISBN: 1-885030-27-4 / 978-1-885030-27-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kaya Press
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August 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Where We Once Belonged
Author(s): Sia Figiel
ISBN: 0-241-13929-5 / 978-0-241-13929-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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April 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Where We Once Belonged
Author(s): Figiel Sia
ISBN: 0-670-87938-X / 978-0-670-87938-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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August 1996 : New Zealand Paperback
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Title: Where We Once Belonged
Author(s): Sia Figiel
ISBN: 0-908597-27-4 / 978-0-908597-27-7 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: Pasifika Press
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