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Leslie Marmon Silko was born in 1948 to a family whose ancestry includes Mexican, Laguna Indian, and European forebears. She has said that her writing has at its core “the attempt to identify what it is to be a half-breed or mixed-blood person.” As she grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, she learned the stories and culture of the Laguna people from her great-grandmother and other female relatives. After receiving her B. A. in English at the University of New Mexico, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico law school but completed only three semesters before deciding that writing and storytelling, not law, were the means by which she could best promote justice. She married John Silko in 1970. Prior to the writing of Ceremony, she published a series of short stories, including “The Man to Send Rain Clouds.” She also authored a volume of poetry, Laguna Woman: Poems, for which she received the Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

In 1973, Silko moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, where she wrote Ceremony. Initially conceived as a comic story abut a mother’s attempts to keep her son, a war veteran, away from alcohol, Ceremony gradually transformed into an intricate meditation on mental disturbance, despair, and the power of stories and traditional culture as the keys to self-awareness and, eventually, emotional healing. Having battled depression herself while composing her novel, Silko was later to call her book “a ceremony for staying sane.” Silko has followed the critical success of Ceremony with a series of other novels, including Storyteller, Almanac for the Dead, and Gardens in the Dunes. Nevertheless, it was the singular achievement of Ceremony that first secured her a place among the first rank of Native American novelists. Leslie Marmon Silko now lives on a ranch near Tucson, Arizona.

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Storyteller by Leslie Marmon Silko 0143121286 9780143121282 Storyteller
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GARDENS IN THE DUNES: A Novel by Leslie Marmon Silko 0684863324 9780684863320 GARDENS IN THE DUNES: A Novel
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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko 1606869809 9781606869802 Ceremony
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Ceremony: (Penguin Orange Collection) by Leslie Marmon Silko 0143129465 9780143129462 Ceremony: (Penguin Orange Collection)
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Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko 0140173196 9780140173192 Almanac of the Dead
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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko 0143120107 9780143120100 The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir
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Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko 0684827077 9780684827070 Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
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Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko 0671666088 9780671666088 Almanac of the Dead
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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko B004MKLRXS B004MKLRXS The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir
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