The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir is the most recent literary memoir by noted author Leslie Marmon Silko. Part journal, part guide to the environment and to the spiritual, Leslie Marmon Silko takes readers into her world of Tuscon, Arizona and the surrounding desert on her frequent walks along the ledges and arroyos. Her journey explores the interconnectedness of the physical and spiritual worlds, the importance of memory, and the stories of traditional cultures.
In its extraordinary range of character and culture, Almanac of the Dead is fiction on the grand scale. The acclaimed author of Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko has undertaken a weaving of ideas and lives, fate and history, passion and conquest in an attempt to re-create the moral history of the Americas, told from the point of view of the conquered, not the conquerors.
Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution. Tayo's quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people.