Laughing Boy

Laughing Boy

A Navajo Love Story

By Oliver La Farge

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780618446728, 193pp.

Publication Date: June 2004


Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they experience all of the joys and uncertainties of first love, the couple must face a changing way of life and its tragic consequences.