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There There

There There

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Book Overview: There There

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A wondrous and shattering award-winning novel that 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.

A contemporary classic, this "astonishing literary debut" (Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale) "places Native American voices front and center" (NPR/Fresh Air).

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. They converge and collide on one fateful day at the Big Oakland Powwow and 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

A book with "so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it's a revelation" ( The New York Times). It is fierce, funny, suspenseful, and impossible to put down--full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

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ISBN-139780525436140
ISBN-100525436146
PublisherVintage
Publication Date2019-05-07
EditionReprint
Languageen
Pages304
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD WINNER - A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR - CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE WINNER - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER - ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION NOMINEE

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

"Powerful. . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it's 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

"An astonishing literary debut." --Margaret Atwood

"Masterful. . . . White-hot. . . Devastating." --The Washington Post

"Pure soaring beauty." --The New York Times Book Review

"Stunning." --The Boston Globe

"Brilliantly, furiously, magnificently, tragically, the story of America." --Elle

"Heartbreaking." --Esquire

"Electrifying." --Entertainment Weekly

"Brilliant, propulsive." --People

"Exquisite. . . . [An] exceptional debut. . . . Sublimely render[s] the truth of experiences that are passed over." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Mr. Orange's sparkling debut is not merely a literary triumph but a cultural and political one, too. It is a work of defiance and recovery." -- The Economist

"Powerful. . . . As contemporary, tragic, and American as a breaking news alert." -- The Christian Science Monitor

"Stunning." --Mother Jones

"How do you rewrite the story of a people? This question shapes Tommy Orange's sorrowful, beautiful debut novel. . . . Even in its tragic details, it is lyrical and playful, shaking and shimmering with energy." -- The Guardian

"Gripping. . . . Unforgettable. . . . There There paints a vivid portrait of American lives few readers have ever known." --Bustle

"Reader, I must confirm: There There really is an extremely good book. . . . This is a trim and powerful book, a careful exploration of identity and meaning in a world that makes it hard to define either. Go ahead and go there there." --Constance Grady, Vox

"This is the kind of novel you finish and immediately need your book club to read so you can talk about it with other people. . . . It's also a powerful reminder of the ability of narrative to move minds." --GOOP

"Staggering. . . . Expertly rendered. . . . Orange successfully refutes the idea of a monolithic Native American identity." --Buzzfeed

"As funny as it is heartbreaking, tracking the multigenerational story of twelve Native Americans with themes of violence, identity, and despair." -- PopSugar

"Orange's novel is one of healing, pulling together the intimacies of family, community, history, and violence." -- The Rumpus

"An ambitious and galvanizing novel. . . . It's somehow a page-turner at the same time, propelled by the incandescent energy of Orange's prose." --Thrillist

"Bursting with talent and big ideas... Funny and profane and conscious of the violence that runs like a scar through American culture." --The Seattle Times

"[A] smashing debut. . . . Urgent. . . . The voices are dynamic, varied and very much of the moment, a chorus of American Indian voices coming straight from the city." -- The Dallas Morning News

"Compulsively readable. . . . A dazzlingly intricate narrative that marries the personal and the ancestral. . . . A masterful work." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Searing. . . . There There finds satisfying richness in the minutiae of its characters' lives--their daily victories and losses, enduring frustrations, acts of tenderness, and senses of wonder." -- The Austin Chronicle

"[Orange] writes with such finely honed literary craft that the book fairly begs to be read more than once. . . . It is gritty as well as beautiful, poetic; it is shocking, sometimes very amusing, often emotionally gut-punching, and rife with unsentimental insight." -- Santa Fe New Mexican

"Orange's book is truly a page turner filled with multi-generational accounts of violence, recovery, memory, identity, beauty, and even a little despair. It's a book where you as the reader can't put down until you finish it with both a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of anticipation of what could happen next." -- Lakota Country Times

"This is not just a novel. It's a carefully, beautifully crafted speech into a megaphone, telling stories of real, contemporary Native life in a specific place. . . . It offers a glimpse of an interconnected life, a world in which small stones don't just sink to the bottom of the sea but changes tides." --The Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Bold and engrossing. . . . There is hope in this book, hope in the strength of stories told and stories that are finally heard. . . . The wonder of this accomplished debut is the way in which he has got under his characters' skins, allowing them to speak for themselves. . . . This is a powerful novel of pain and possibility." --Financial Times

"Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American Fiction. There There is a comic vision haunted by profound sadness. Tommy Orange is a new writer with an old heart." --Louise Erdrich

" There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of twenty-first century literature finally announcing itself. Essential." --Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

" There There is a miraculous achievement, a book that wields ferocious honesty and originality in service of telling a story that needs to be told. 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." --Omar El Akkad, author of American War

" There There is an urgent, invigorating, absolutely vital book by a novelist with more raw virtuosic talent than any young writer I've come across in a long, long time." --Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

Tommy Orange is a critically acclaimed author renowned for his keen ability to bring Native American narratives into contemporary fiction. Born and raised in Oakland, California to parents of white and Cheyenne and Arapaho descent, Orange's unique perspective and heritage serve to deeply enrich his storytelling. He garnered recognition for his debut novel, “There There,” which not only enhances understanding and appreciation of Native American culture, but also confronts readers with the real and raw plight of urban Indian Americans. Orange's literary prowess began to find global acclaim after his graduation from the Institute of American Indian Arts. As an MFA graduate, his stellar talent was noticed by Alfred A. Knopf who published "There There". The novel was subsequently well received, earning praise from The New York Times, among others, ultimately becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Owing to his ingenious narrative, Orange received the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named among Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Not merely an author, Tommy Orange possesses a diverse range of skills including teaching, arts administration, and philanthropy. He spent years working in the Native American community of Oakland, California, before stepping into the literary world. Serving as an ambitious author, dedicated educator, and tireless advocate for Native American communities, Tommy Orange continues to trendset for contemporary Native American literature, earning a well-deserved reputation as a vital voice in American fiction.

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