'Check the woman who raised the man you want as your husband. Men like to say to their sons, "How's the mama? A big pork chop? That's your girlfriend in twenty years". Well girl, check your boyfriend's mama, see how she raised her son.' Materena does the best she can to take care of her family but sometimes staying true to what you believe is ...
'Check the woman who raised the man you want as your husband. Men like to say to their sons, "How's the mama? A big pork chop? That's your girlfriend in twenty years". Well girl, check your boyfriend's mama, see how she raised her son.' Materena does the best she can to take care of her family but sometimes staying true to what you believe is difficult - and bringing up a daughter in a world where everything is changing, very hard indeed. Materena's loving efforts at guiding her daughter Leilani through her childhood and into adulthood means she struggles herself with her own life, her family and who she wants to be. Funny, touching and heart-warming, Materena's love for Leilani, her two sons and her husband Pito forms the backdrop to her own story too. Materena's rules for life include: never cut costs with your curtains; how to get rid of unwanted guests; secrets for the grave; checking out the woman who raised your man (see above); treating the relatives right: 'even if your heart is being crucified you still have to wave to relatives'; and, most importantly, 'Don't start thinking you know more than I do'. "Frangipani" is the warm, tender, funny story of Materena's life in Tahiti and her relationship with her daughter, Leilani. But more importantly, it's a wonderfully life-affirming, utterly page-turning story about the power of family love and its abiding truth.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-31 In this whimsical, charming novel (her first to be published in the U.S.), Vaite introduces readers to proud "professional cleaner" Materena Mahi, one of the spunkiest, wisest, lovingest women on the island of Tahiti. With her combustible husband missing after a minor domestic squabble, Materena learns she's pregnant with a daughter. What will she do? Move on-until Pito moves back, of course. "Girls hurt their mother from the day they come into this world.... Girls are a curse," say some island women, but Matarena is delighted with her baby, Leilani, who soon grows into a free-spirited, curious, and sometimes troublesome girl. Materena instructs Leilani in all the folk knowledge of Tahiti-e.g., "To get rid of unwanted guests without hurting their feelings, broom around their feet"-but she can't answer all Leilani's impossible questions ("Who started the French Revolution? What's the medical term for the neck?"). Materena decides to send her to a good Catholic school, but if Leilani makes her a grandmother before she's 40, she's going to scratch out her eyes. Of course Leilani falls in love too young, which is just one of the family troubles Materena weathers with patience-and passion. This story of love, gossip and growing up (even at 40) has all the irresistible freshness of a warm breeze. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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