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Leslie Marmon Silko

Author of Ceremony

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About the Author

Leslie Marmon Silko was born in 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up on a reservation, she went to Bureau of Indian Affairs schools before attending the University of New Mexico. She taught at the Navajo Community College in Arizona and is a professor of English at the University of Arizona, show more Tucson. Marmon has written short stories, poetry, plays and novels. Her books include Laguna Woman, Ceremony and Yellow Woman. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Leslie Marmon Silko

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,114 copies
God Is Red: A Native View of Religion (1973) — Foreword, some editions — 963 copies
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 730 copies
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Contributor, some editions — 505 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 405 copies
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contributor — 192 copies
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Contributor — 164 copies
Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing (2003) — Contributor — 140 copies
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contributor — 121 copies
First World, Ha, Ha, Ha! (1995) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 102 copies
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Contributor — 70 copies
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Contributor — 67 copies
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contributor — 65 copies
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
Through the Eye of the Deer (1999) — Contributor — 28 copies
Race: An Anthology in the First Person (1997) — Contributor — 26 copies
Discrimination: Opposing Viewpoints (1997) (1997) — Contributor — 23 copies
Voices Under One Sky: Contemporary Native Literature (1994) — Contributor — 19 copies
Twentieth-Century American Short Stories: An Anthology (1975) — Contributor — 16 copies
Wounds beneath the flesh (1983) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975) — Contributor — 14 copies
Stories for a Winter's Night (2000) — Contributor — 8 copies
20th Century American Short Stories, Volume 2 — Contributor — 3 copies
TriQuarterly 48: Western Stories — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge



Main character is Native American, was released after imprisonment after WWII and returns home
JimandMary69 | 57 other reviews | Aug 30, 2023 |
Her writing is lyrical, suspenseful, and matter of fact, by turns. I first came across her short story "Lullaby" in college lit class, and was floored by it.

Yes, her approach moves seamlessly between time periods and various events so the reader must remain alert. But what of it? This reads like a dream, only the harshness is the lives of Native Americans who populate this novel. Just read it.
terriks | 57 other reviews | Jun 13, 2023 |
A prescient and complex tale of interconnected criminal and American Indian families around Tuscon Arizona, 'city of thieves'. A theme of the book is European injustice and violence towards Indians, and a prophesied end of European influence in the Americas.

Written in 1991 there are references to cybercrime, increasing natural disasters, ecoterrorism, water shortages and economic depression, the absolute callousness of the rich to the poor, increasing psychosis among white people. It could have been written about today (2023); if anything it has become more relevant over time.… (more)
questbird | 13 other reviews | Apr 3, 2023 |
This was not my kinda book. I listened to about two thirds of it and then rejected it because it was just repetitive and unbelievable. the publisher says "...becomes a moving and deeply personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world..." She had me at multiple snakes on the property, but then when she began to converse with bees and two dogs with pet mouse and a talking one legged parrot, I just lost confidence with credibility and more of the book. When she complained to the county about disturbing the rocks, I thought that they must think her nutty. DNF.… (more)
buffalogr | 1 other review | Mar 30, 2023 |



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