âThis 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 bookâa revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.â âOmar El Akkad, author of American War
Tommy Orangeâs âgroundbreaking, extraordinaryâ (The New York Times) There There is the âbrilliant, propulsiveâ (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. Itâs âthe yearâs most galvanizing debut novelâ (Entertainment Weekly).
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwowâsome generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violentâmomentum 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 uncleâs death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncleâs 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. Itâs âmasterful . . . white-hot . . . devastatingâ (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 heardâa 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 itâs destined to be a classic.
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