There ThereBook - 2018 | First edition.
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DianaP_KCMO Aug 27, 2020
A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Orange's There There follows a varied cast of characters, mapping how their lives intersect and finally converge on one fateful day.
KatieD_KCMO Mar 06, 2020
Tommy Orange takes the different versions of each characters "urban Indian experience" and weaves it into one beautiful and intensely emotional tapestry, culminating in their gathering at the Big Oakland Pow-wow. Tommy Orange writes each character as if they are a part of himself. He w... Read More »
"A large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. Perfect for readers of character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place." - Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN
“A large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. Perfect for readers of character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place.”--
Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN
Spirituality, addiction, suicide, and the complex histories of Native Americans are grappled with as we follow 12 characters to the Big Oakland Powwow. For readers of issue-oriented literary fiction.
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"She told me the world was made of stories, nothing else, just stories, and stories about stories."
Listen to this companion poem from Billy-Ray Belcourt , NDN Homopoetics
Some of us came to the cities to escape the reservation. We stayed after fighting in the Second World War. After Vietnam, too. We stayed because the city sounds like a war, and you can't leave a war once you've been you can only keep it at bay--which is easier when you can see and hear it near you, that fast metal, that constant firing around you, cars up and down the streets and freeways like bullets.
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In the years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission began its work, Indigenous news has taken a more prominent place in our news cycles. However, not everyone learns best by reading the news, and if you'd rather learn about cultures and the effects of colonialism by reading fiction, this book is a great place to start. It's also stunning literature in its own right, and Indigenous critics have lauded all the many things this book gets right about Indigenous lives.
There There features an ensemble cast of characters whose lives become intertwined around a large Pow Wow coming up in the Oakland area. Despite the number of characters involved in the narrative, each character feels fully fleshed out. The reader quickly becomes drawn into the narrative of the family who moves to Alcatraz to join the Indigenous occupation, a young man growing up with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who is tugged into gang activity, a woman who flees an abusive relationship and becomes the Pow Wow's organizer, a young boy who yearns to dance at the Pow Wow despite his family's rejection of the craft, and many others. The narratives spiral together toward a crisis at the Pow Wow, with the reader unable to put the book down until everyone's accounted for.
Gorgeously written, empathic and gritty, There There is likely to make many of this year's best-of lists. Don't miss it.
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