The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir (Paperback)
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“Novelist Silko's memoir invites readers to travel with her outside her home in the Tucson Mountains and deep into the arroyos and foothills of the Sonoran Desert. Where others see a barren landscape, she finds a lushness and a home. Even bits of the land, the turquoise, reach out to her. To read Silko's writing is to enter into a space in which our assumptions about time, family, relatedness, and nature are upended. The stories she tells are beautiful, haunting and true.”
— Karen Maeda Allman, Elliot Bay Book Co., Seattle, WA


Profound reflections on family and the natural world-from the legendary Native American author.

With the publication of Ceremony in 1978, Leslie Marmon Silko established herself as a storyteller of unique power and brilliance. Now, in her first work of nonfiction, Silko combines memoir with family history and observations on the creatures and desert landscapes that command her attention and inform her vision of the world. Ambitious in scope and full of wonderfully plainspoken and evocative lyricism, The Turquoise Ledge is both an exploration of Silko's experience and a moving and deeply personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world.

About the Author

Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of the novels Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, and Gardens of the Dunes, as well as many short stories, poems, and essays. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Praise For…

"Silko has spent decades walking the land around her home in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, its seasonal rhythms as natural as those of her own body. In this series of poignant vignettes, Silko upholds an outdoor storytelling tradition that far predates the Thoreaus and Emersons of the world." —Outside

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143120100
ISBN-10: 0143120107
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Pages: 336
Language: English