There There (Paperback)

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How often do we hear the story of the urban Native American experience? Tales of Native Americans off the reservation are not common in literature today. Luckily, Tommy Orange has stepped into the void with this powerful new story about a wide cast of characters in the Oakland area from a variety of places and for a variety of reasons. A memorable collection of Native Americans live their stories of disaffection, yearning, and pride as the characters move toward the shared experience of the Big Oakland Powwow, each with their own motivations. Orange's writing is deep, poetic, and brutally honest; I was instantly drawn into the world of this unfamiliar subculture and its personalities and narratives.

— Claire

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

Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List


“This is the kind of book that makes you gasp for air because it has gripped you in that spot between your heart and your neck and won’t let go. Orange starts the book by introducing characters who are planning to rob a powwow, and as you begin to enjoy them—start to imagine a happy ending, where parents are found and siblings meet at the powwow, somewhere they can feel like a community—the dread of the robbery builds constantly in the background until it explodes. Orange has brought us a book that really is the cream of the crop—of all the crops.”
— Alice Ahn, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

Product Details
ISBN: 9786047766635
ISBN-10: 6047766633
Publisher: Gioi
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Language: Vietnamese