There, There

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There, There

Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American-grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

 

  • One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
  • One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, TimeO, The Oprah Magazine, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe
  • Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize
  • Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
  • Winner of an American Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

 

Biographical Note:

Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California.