There There - Tommy Orange

There There

By Tommy Orange

  • Release Date: 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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From 807 Ratings

Description

“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

Reviews

  • NOT YOUR AVERAGE LINEAR STORY

    3
    By 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.
  • There There

    5
    By gdub2019
    Fantastic read.
  • Stepping outside yourself

    4
    By Lyssa Kate
    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.
  • There There

    5
    By Befferly
    This novel blew me away! Once again i am astounded by the passionate creative release unfurled upon the earth by the power of words and the fresh voices of indigenous writers! They speak so truly and with such acceptance about unacceptable historical injustice, it is compellingly raising the consciousness of the sleeping white ancestors of colonization. Even more beautiful, this emerging cultural blossoming is offering a new mindset precisely equal to the task of saving the earth from the industrial revolution. I am feeling blessed by these voices!
  • There There

    5
    By Discriminating Reader
    An outstanding depiction of the Native American life in the world of today. Unforgettable characters. Mesmerizing scenarios. I loved this book.
  • Amazing book

    5
    By SabraCanuck
    Orange writes beautifully. His story made me cry. And there’s so much suspense.
  • There There

    2
    By Arkady Hanko
    This book contains some great sentences, but no real story. There are a lot of ways to go nowhere in the big city if you are poor and from a family blighted by addiction, abuse, divorce or lack of education, and btw the characters are all native Americans.
  • Superior

    5
    By SDWill
    A superior work of art.
  • Hmmm

    1
    By Geo22253
    Hoped I would like this book but it is just one hard luck story after another. Please tell me there are some happy Native Americans somewhere. Times are tough all over but these characters have it way worse than the rest of us. Butch it up.
  • Worst book ever

    1
    By Gamerater499
    No story here at all. Just a lot of sad people bemoaning their lot in life. If you want to help native Americans give to one of their charities. Don’t waste your money on this book.