Oliver La Farge: Laughing Boy

Laughing Boy - A Navajo Love Story

by Oliver La Farge

Published: 1929



Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's 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.


The novel was published in 1929 - La Farge's first - and it was a success capturing the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was then adapted to the big screen in a move of the same name in 1934 starring Ramón Novarro and Lupe Vélez.

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