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“Powerful. . . .  a revelation.” —The New York Times 

“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.” —NPR/Fresh Air
One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling 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-year-old 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 Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, TimeO, The Oprah MagazineThe Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

Fiction & Literature
June 5
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Lyssa Kate ,

Stepping outside yourself

Reading this book over the course of months, on camping trips and at home, I had an adventure inside my adventures. Introspective, poetic, irreverent read. as a non Native American, reading about the “native” experience felt more like the “human” experience. I appreciated the multi dimensional tone and my only complaint is that at the end got a little confused as to what character was doing what or what was happening to what. When I read the last page, I felt a wave of emotional response come over me and tears welled in my eyes. Sitting with that feeling was worth reading the whole book. Tragically beautiful.

MJosephQ ,


There There changed the way I think about Native Americans and the US in general. Just finished it and I don't want to leave it.

kfgflynn ,


Gotta give the author credits for his originality and ambition. He wrote a book about a virtually unexplored experience- contemporary urban Native American life- and did it from multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) perspectives.

But he bit off more than he could chew. The novel could have been just as stirring with 1/3 fewer words. No protagonist in this story, which isn’t necessarily a problem. But with regard to characters, the author chose quantity over quality: way too many characters, and none of them fully developed.

This book took me months to “get through”, as opposed to “hours to devour”. Only in the final chapter was there anything close to an actual pacing.

The author has a commanding, lyrical writing style. Flawed, but impressive and ambitious first novel.

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