There There (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
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