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Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published December 9th 2015 by Lo'ihi Press
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It is 1985 in Western Samoa and Madonna’s Like a Virgin rules the airwave. Seventeen and a half-year-old Star Trek fanatic Inosia Alofafua Afatasi is sent to the capital, Apia, to buy three giant white threads. As she waits at the bus stop, Mr Ioane Viliamu, her science and maths teacher and the son of the pastor, and in turn, her spiritual brother, stops to offer her a ride in his red pickup truck. Inosia is faced with choice, does she take the ride or wait for the bus?

Freelove is a story of
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been the Pacific Novel of our time. Written beautifully and offers a slice of decolonial Samoan history and sexuality. She weaves the cosmos with Pasifika sexuality and history with the mo'olelo (stories) of her culture and it's stunning and beautiful.
The reason I say could have is because the book includes inconsistencies in the story, bad grammar, and choices like not putting the dialog in quotes [which I appreciated the reason she made decisions like this but it didn't work here]
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It's always worth stretching your horizons and trying something stemming from a new place or culture. Storytelling is universal but the form and the shape a story takes can be refreshingly surprising, especially when so many male Europeans or Americans tell stories in such a similar way. Freelove is a very refreshing book, wielding a sense of the titular freedom with almost deliberately naive abandon. The narrator is a 17 and a half year old Samoan girl who lives in a small village and whose ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book that pushes the limits of where literature can go. The Samoan writer Sia Fiegel is not that well known in Britain, and if you do not know her writing this book is a good reason to start exploring. It deals with an encounter between a talented and headstrong 17 and a half year old young woman and her teacher. Much of the book deals with their sexual encounter –she willingly gives her virginity to him – written in a frank and uninhibited way. It is sexy, for sure, and erotic ...more
Well-written though I did not care much for the actual romance.
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Sia Figiel was born in 1967. Author of novels, plays, and poetry, she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Pacific Islands, and has had residencies at the University of Technology in Sydney, the East-West Center in Hawaii, the Pacific Writing Forum at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and Logoipulotu College in Savaii. She is also known as a performance poet and has appeared at ...more
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“In all, there were ten different types of clouds: cumulus, stratos, cumulonimbus, stratocumulus, nimbostratus, altocumulus, altostratus, cirrocumulus, cirrostratus, and cirrus – each with their own personality: fluffy, detached, transparent, thin, continuous, gray, heavy, dense, semi-transparent, and layered, which I use to describe my own moods and feelings at any given time.” 2 likes
“Perhaps it was an accident, I told myself. Perhaps he didn’t mean to expose himself to me deliberately.
But then again, wasn’t he the very same person who told our class that there were no accidents or coincidences? That every action we make creates a ripple in the universe which meant that all actions are interconnected?”
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