There There - Tommy Orange

There There

By Tommy Orange

  • Release Date: 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Literary
There There book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 98 Ratings)

There There Tommy Orange Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLER 

“This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book—a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.” —Omar El Akkad, author of
American War
 
Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).
 
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. 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 will to perform 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 loss.
 
There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written 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. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

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User reviews about this book

  • 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.
  • Horrible.

    1
    By anstermurr
    Just plan bad. Maybe I didn’t get it but really really bad.
  • There There

    5
    By Mary Lee D
    I read it so quickly that I now will read again slowly to absorb the richness of Orange’s writing...best I’ve read in a long time.
  • An important contribution....

    5
    By TeamSheltie
    to American/Native American literature. Tommy Orange can flat out write!
  • There There

    5
    By cohiban1
    Read it twice. Once in English.Twice in Spanish.

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