Gardens in the Dunes

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A breathtaking novel about gardens, land, culture, and and a displaced Indian youngster’s indomitable strength of spirit.

 

 

Gardens in the Dunes is a sprawling, breathtaking novel about gardens, and land, and culture, and community, and family, and a displaced Indian youngster’s indomitable strength of spirit. As Silko skillfully sets in contrast the aristocratic Victorian culture of showy indulgence with the Indian value of careful stewardship of the land, the reader can easily visualize Indigo, an escapee from an Indian residential school, traveling with her well-meaning but oblivious white caretakers through the lush aristocratic gardens of Europe and the U.S., all the while carefully collecting the seeds she will plant when she goes home to her family and her own desert gardens in the dunes.

 

 

Author: Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1999

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Laguna