There There

There There

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking?Tommy Orange?s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history o Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking?Tommy Orange?s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an Am...

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Title:There There
Author:Tommy Orange
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:There There
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:294 pages pages

There There Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jul 05, 2018
    I wish I hadn't read this immediately after In Our Mad and Furious City because the structure is SO similar that I was confusing some pieces. Alternating viewpoints, varying points of view and tense, etc. Tommy Orange is focusing on the present-day experience of the Urban Indian. (H...
  • Cheri
    Aug 23, 2018
    ? Sing it Hey boy, give your dreams a rest If you're tired of searching this is where it ends There's nothing left to lose Nothing to protest Learn to love your anger now Anger here is all you possess. Welcome to the edge. ?Below the towers of the citadel Seems someone o...
  • Rincey
    Jun 26, 2018
    Wow wow wow ...
  • Elyse
    Jun 23, 2018
    Update: Terrific pick!!!! 2018 National Book Award Longlist.... Fiction!! 5+++++ stars!!!!! Absolutely phenomenal!!!!! ?There There? is a non-stop pace story... COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN.... The stories in here are gut wrenching *intimate* about dislocation-identify-violence -...
  • Ken
    Sep 01, 2018
    Should a book about Native Americans go on the World Literature shelf? Seems like another world, anyway. Like a comet across the horizon comes Tommy "Where Have You Been?" Orange, a new voice for Native writers, in this multi-directional, multi-generational tale of a powwow in Oakla...
  • Maxwell
    Sep 15, 2018
    An impressive debut, that deftly handles a large cast of characters, all connected by the Big Oakland Powwow. Through these different narratives, Tommy Orange examines what it means to be Native American in the 21st century. It could be heavy-handed, but he grounds the themes in such v...
  • Ron Charles
    May 29, 2018
    Toward the end of Tommy Orange?s devastating debut novel, a 4-year-old Native American boy keeps asking his grandma: ?What are we? What are we?? The boy has no way of knowing, but that?s a blood-soaked question that Western invaders have made Indians ask themselves for centu...
  • Trish
    Jul 26, 2018
    This novel references Gertrude Stein?s comment about her memories of Oakland, CA, ?there is no there there,? upon discovering her family home was taken down to accommodate an office park. I think the characters in this book would say it differently, that there is indeed something...
  • Canadian Reader
    Jun 27, 2018
    ?People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.? ?James Baldwin ?The wound that was made when white people came and took what they took has never healed. An untended wound gets infected. Becomes a new kind of wound like the history of what actually happened ...
  • Jill
    Apr 21, 2018
    What does it mean to be a Native American?often invisible in the U.S. tapestry? Documentary filmmaker Dene Oxendene, one of a dozen characters whom we meet in this book, gives his take about the Gertrude Stein quote about Oakland (?There is no there there.?) Dene?s words: ?...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 13, 2018
    Powerful, heartbreaking, and absolutely necessary. In the age of #blacklivesmatter and #metoo, we cannot forget about the Native American population who have been criminally ignored. There There is specifically about the people considered 'Urban Indians': the generation born in the cit...
  • Dem
    Sep 07, 2018
    Any novel that highlights or educates it's readers about a time in history where there was mistreatment of people due to their race religion or beliefs is always worth reading and this book is one of those books. However I am not judging the book on its importance but on how it came a...
  • Justin
    Jul 21, 2018
    Tommy Orange?s first novel had some promise in the beginning. It looked like he had some interesting things to say and some heavy topics to discuss. He had a lot of characters to introduce and several stories to tell. He had ideas, but he wasn?t able to effectively put them dow...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 09, 2018
    Dene Oxedene, putting his life back together after his uncle's death, wins a grant, allowing him to video stories from those attending the Oakland Pow Wow. In alternating voices we follow the lives and stories of twelve different characters, many who have fallen on hard times of one ki...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Feb 07, 2018
    In THERE THERE, Orange sets out his task from the beginning: he is going to write the stories of the urban Indian. These are not the stories of reservation life, they are not the stories of the old ways. These are the stories of conflict, of the search for identity, of struggle with po...
  • Emily May
    Jul 08, 2018
    "Don't ever let anyone tell you what being Indian means. Too many of us died to get just a little bit of us here, right now, right in this kitchen." Orange's ambitious debut captures the experience of modern "urban Indians" through constantly shifting third person perspectives, ulti...
  • Angela M
    Aug 18, 2018
    Before I even finished reading this, I began hoping that Tommy Orange was already working on his next book. Beautifully written, creatively and skillfully structured with the stories of multiple characters, each one important and affecting on their own, but when meshed with connectio...
  • Erin Glover
    Jul 05, 2018
    I can't think of a novel that needed to be written more than this one. And more than that, needs to be read by everyone in the US. Because Native Americans [have] been defined by everyone else and continue to be slandered despite easy-to-look-up-on-the-internet facts about the realitie...
  • Myrna
    Jun 10, 2018
    Fantastic! If you haven?t heard of Tommy Orange yet, you soon will. This is one of those books that you're simultaneously dying to finish yet don't ever want to finish. Orange paints a vivid picture in short chapters through different points of view as the story unfolds. The p...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Jul 22, 2018
    So much sorrow as the characters in There There seek connection and struggle with identity?an honest and important debut! Author Tommy Orange gives us a window into Native American Indian suffering and challenges with skill. We follow more than a dozen characters, hearing their ...
  • Matthew Quann
    Jun 26, 2018
    Tommy Orange?s There There is, hands down, my favourite novel of the year thus far. If you came here looking for a scale-tipping review, look no further. In fact, imagine me clearing off any weight on the opposing side and planting my considerable heft on the side favoring your re...
  • Rick Riordan
    Aug 22, 2018
    Tommy Orange's debut novel is already getting a lot of love, but I have to chime in with my praise, too. For one thing, There, There is set in Oakland, where I lived for most of the 90s, and reading it brought back a lot of memories. The author hits us with a buckshot blast of wonderfu...
  • David Joy
    Jun 15, 2018
    If a week ago you?d told me I?d read a novel better than Richard Powers? The Overstory this year, I?d have said I was doubtful. If you?d told me it would be a debut novel, I?d have said you were out of your mind. Nevertheless, here I am reading a book for a second time in t...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Jun 22, 2018
    We all came to the Big Oakland Powwow for different reasons. The messy, dangling strands of our lives got pulled into a braid - tied to the back of everything we?d been done no to get us here. We?ve been coming from miles. And we?ve been coming from years, generations, lifetimes...
  • Hannah
    Aug 15, 2018
    This debut is absolutely 100% incredible. Marlon James called it a thunderclap and I have to agree. This might be my favourite read of the year so far. And as is often the case when I adore a book this much, writing a review does not come particularly easy because I want to do it justi...
  • Beata
    Jul 29, 2018
    The novel is exceptional although it is very depressing. I'm not surprised There There has provoked so much discussion with regard to the plight of urban Native Americans trying to rediscover and understand their identity. There There is a definite food for thought! ...
  • Emily
    Jul 24, 2018
    4.5 stars Okay, so, WOW. This was an incredibly ambitious book, and Orange pulls it off. This reads almost like a short story collection. Each chapter focuses on a different character (each character does get an additional chapter later in the book), and the characters' lives are...
  • Meike
    Jul 22, 2018
    Now Nominated for the National Book Award Aaahhh, what a time to be a reader! First things first: Tommy Orange wrote a fantastic book, it is so strong, powerful, moving and enjoyable, and there's a whole bunch of people you will want to hit over the head with its wisdom (or with a phy...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Jul 18, 2018
    How could I give this poetic tapestry of cultural politics any fewer than 5 stars? "She told me the world was made of stories, nothing else, just stories, and stories about stories." That's exactly what There There consists of: the abridged life timelines of a diverse yet interwo...
  • Lark Benobi
    Jul 11, 2018
    An extraordinary publicity campaign has vaulted this novel into a space where its readers will come to it with goodwill, and by reading it they will be participating in a momentary, shared cultural event--increasingly rare in the modern world--of reading the same thing at the same time...