Gardens in the Dunes: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 13, 2000 - Fiction - 477 pages
42 Reviews
A sweeping, multifaceted tale of a young Native American pulled between the cherished traditions of a heritage on the brink of extinction and an encroaching white culture, Gardens in the Dunes is the powerful story of one woman's quest to reconcile two worlds that are diametrically opposed.
At the center of this struggle is Indigo, who is ripped from her tribe, the Sand Lizard people, by white soldiers who destroy her home and family. Placed in a government school to learn the ways of a white child, Indigo is rescued by the kind-hearted Hattie and her worldly husband, Edward, who undertake to transform this complex, spirited girl into a "proper" young lady. Bit by bit, and through a wondrous journey that spans the European continent, traipses through the jungles of Brazil, and returns to the rich desert of Southwest America, Indigo bridges the gap between the two forces in her life and teaches her adoptive parents as much as, if not more than, she learns from them.
  

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User Review  - Emaly - Goodreads

Although I really liked the story, I can't recommend this book. It really needed editing. Not only were there spelling mistakes, but the overly detailed descriptions of plants were just boring. If the book were tightened up and shortened, it would have been better. Read full review

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User Review  - Betty - Goodreads

If you're really, really, really interested in gardening you might like this book, but somehow it didn't come together for me -- even though I AM interested in gardening. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
67
Section 3
100
Section 4
103
Section 5
117
Section 6
149
Section 7
153
Section 8
201
Section 13
369
Section 14
381
Section 15
396
Section 16
401
Section 17
422
Section 18
431
Section 19
460
Section 20
474

Section 9
223
Section 10
271
Section 11
321
Section 12
333
Section 21
479
Section 22
480
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About the author (2000)

Leslie Marmon Silko, a former professor of English and fiction writing, is the author of novels, short stories, essays, poetry, articles, and screenplays. She has won numerous awards and fellowships for her work. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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