There There

A novel

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Publisher Description

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST  NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A wondrous and shattering award-winning novel that 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. A contemporary classic, this “astonishing literary debut” (Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale) “places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes” (NPR/Fresh Air).

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. They converge and collide on one fateful day at the Big Oakland Powwow and 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

A book with “so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation” (The New York Times). It is fierce, funny, suspenseful, and impossible to put down--full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

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.

One Over Astro ,

I'm Struggling to Understand

I was assigned this book for a contemporary voices class on multiple perspectives narrating. While this book is very good at telling a story from multiple perspectives, that's pretty much the only thing it's good at. What I'm struggling to understand is Tommy Orange's thinking. To me, at least, it seems like he threw a bunch of ideas on paper, didn't connect any of them at all, and expected that to prove his point for some reason. The characters' stories in this book are also excessively negative. Like, seriously not a single good thing happens to the characters in this book. This is just unrealistic as, even though life can really be awful at times, it is never all bad and no good, just like how it is never all good and no bad. If we want to get the stories of urban Native Americans out there and heard, stop doing it through people who are this bad at writing. This novel just does a disservice to the community and infuriates me every time I read it. This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read which is a shame because I have a lot of respect for Tommy Orange.

franc/s18 ,

Fantastic broke my heart

The characters were so relatable I loved the imagery and historical context.

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