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There There
Orange, Tommy, 1982-
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Book Club Kit, 2019
Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family…Read more
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Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California.
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New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019.
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*Starred Review* The at-first disconnected characters from whose perspectives Orange voices his symphonic debut are united by the upcoming Big Oakland Powwow. Some have been working on the event for months; some will sneak in with only good…Read more
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Orange's visceral first novel, set in past and present-day Oakland, weaves more than ten plot lines involving the lives of Native Americans. All intersect in a crescendo of violence at the Oakland Powwow. Tony Loneman starts off the…Read more
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Jun 23, 2019
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bogwolf
Jun 16, 2021
Been a couple years. I didn't realize I hadn't reviewed this at the time. There There kicked my ass, in a good way. The linking stories of Bay Area Native youth full of anger and hope and loss and ambition and depression... many voices,…Read more

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rclane
Apr 30, 2021
Great ensemble with some fabulously flawed characters. Recommended!
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heatherbrenner
Feb 25, 2021
The prologue and interlude were stunning. I loved the part of the book when he mentioned the hors d'oeuvre and fluff. It really made me think. The only thing I didn't like about this book I think was how many characters there were. There…Read more

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jpainter
"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…Read more

LauraSteinert
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…Read more

LauraSteinert
This [forced migration into cities] was part of the Indian Relocation Act,, which was part of the Indian Termination Policy, which was and is exactly what it sounds like. Make them look and act like us. Become us. And so disappear.
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