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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.
Maybe my exposure to Alexie made me feel that Silko was trying just a little too hard here.
And then I read the book again because there are so many moving passages, that it is easy to miss some of the beautiful details of this story.
Truely a beautiful book, perfectly written, and entrancing story filled with lovable and unlovable characters.
I've re-read this book several times and each time I find new insight. Not an easy read, but well worth it!Published 5 hours ago by sharon Langfeldt
The book came at the estimated time and brand new. The book looks great and it as if I bought it at the book store.Published 3 months ago by stephanie