There There (Hardcover)

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Tommy Orange pulls no punches!

A sticky web of stories from self-labeled "urban Indians," all on their way to the first Big Oakland Powwow, There There heralds a mighty new voice in contemporary Native American literature. This book was emotional, exciting, and so accessible - all readers, from high schoolers to nonagenarians, will find a character in it who speaks to them. And it grapples with problems close to home, from opioid addiction, gun violence, and gentrification, to struggles with family ties and identity. Prepare yourself for an unflinching, faceted view of a big, gritty city and the Native people who make it. Pick up this book and say you knew Orange when.

— Lainie Formby, Associate Frontlist Buyer

June 2018 Indie Next List


There There is the kind of book that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last page. It is a work of fiction, but every word of it feels true. Tommy Orange writes with a palpable anger and pain, telling the history of a cultural trauma handed down through generations in the blood and bones and stories of individual lives. He also writes with incredible heart and humor, infusing his characters with a tangible humanity and moments of joy even as they are headed toward tragedy. There There has claimed a permanent spot in my heart despite having broken it, or maybe because it did. I think this may be the best book I’ve ever read.”
— Heather Weldon, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

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"Groundbreaking. Extraordinary. Tommy Orange has written a tense, prismatic book with inexorable momentum."
--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking--Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.
There There
is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.
Here is a voice we have never heard--a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.

About the Author


TOMMY ORANGE is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780525520375
ISBN-10: 0525520376
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English