Ceremony: (Penguin Orange Collection) (Paperback)

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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko is her classic novel set in New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo Reservation. Tayo returns from WWII with tormenting memories.  He has seen and felt much pain, the violent death of fellow soldiers, the Baatan Death March, the horrific end of the war with Japan, things no one should endure.  White medicine only deadens his senses.  Back on the reservation he seeks that numbness in alcohol along with other Native American Soldiers.  His home has changed while he was away, too, and now he must reckon with this new situation.  Eventually Tayo will seek the help of a Shaman to perform a ceremony and help restore balance to their world.  Native American legends are part of the story.  Tayo has many adventures, including a hair raising cattle drive.  If you are interested in Native America literature, this is a beautifully written novel of great power.


— Deon Stonehouse


Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

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For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library. These collectible editions are dressed in the iconic orange and white tri-band cover design, first created in 1935, while french flaps, high-quality paper, and striking cover illustrations provide the cutting-edge design treatment that is the signature of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions today.


Almost forty years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature—a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power.

About the Author

Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of ten books of fiction, poetry, and memoir, including Ceremony, Storyteller, Almanac for the Dead, and The Turquoise Ledge. She received a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 1981 and the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. The singular achievement of Ceremony, published in 1977, secured her a place among the first rank of Native American novelists.

Praise For…

Praise for Ceremony:

"An exceptional novel—a cause for celebration."The Washington Post Book World

"Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts."The New York Review of Books

"The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itself—demanding but confident and beautifully written." The Boston Globe

"Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature. It is one of the greatest novels of any time and place. I have read this book so many times that I probably have it memorized. I teach it and I learn from it and I am continually in awe of its power, beauty, rage, vision, and violence." —Sherman Alexie

"Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation." The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143129462
ISBN-10: 0143129465
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Penguin Orange Collection